• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Geography, Anthropology, Resource and Environmental Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course will examine social impact assessment (SIA) during the various stages of the project cycle. Social impact assessment will be examined in relation to different conceptual frameworks and types of project or activity. Alternative approaches to the assessment of impacts on livelihood, institutions, social structure, equity, culture and quality of life will be examined. The course will place a strong emphasis on practical case studies and students will be given opportunities to explore alternative impact assessment approaches in a number of sectors and within different national jurisdictions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding the legal and policy contexts in which social impact studies are undertaken.
2. Explain current variation in the content and methodology of social impact studies.
3. Critically evaluate social impact studies that have already been undertaken.
4. Design new social impact studies on the basis of research in relevant subject areas.

Other Information

Delivery Mode: Oncampus Online

Indicative Assessment

1. Discussion forum on typology of impact studies (20%) [LO 1,2]
- Podcast on personal experience of social impacts (3 mins) (5%)
- Participation in discussion forum (5%)
- Reflection paper on typology of social impact studies (1000 words) (10%).
2. Discussion forum on cumulative impact studies (20%) [LO 1,2]
- Participation in discussion forum (5%).
- Annotated bibliography on a cumulative impact issue in one region (1500 words) (15%).
3. Research on impact study design (60%) [LO 3,4]
- Case study proposal and peer review (1000 words) (10%).
- Case study outline in Powerpoint (10 slides with notes) (10%).
- Case study design document (5000 words) (40%).

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

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Students can expect to spend 20 hours per week on this course (including weekly 2 hour workshops for on campus students).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) or Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced) (VAAPD), and either have completed 24 units of courses in one of these programs or have permission of the course convenor. You are unable to enrol in this course if you have previously studied or are studying ANTH8028.

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $7140
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $10920
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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