- Code EMDV8103
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Robert Costanza
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2020
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To a large extent, policies drive environmental outcomes. Accordingly, we need to develop ways to consider how policies create and deal with pressing environmental issues as well as mechanisms to force actions in order to improve outcomes. This course provides students with an understanding of the theory and practice of key Environmental Assessment (EA) approaches that are the principle means of integrating environmental considerations into governmental decision-making. Course participants study how EAs have evolved since the 1960s to become important strategies for institutionalizing environmental reform, the role of public participation and science in environmental decision-making, and how political, social and economic dynamics affect decisions. Drawing upon involvement by industry, state and civil society practitioners, participants will learn to apply the basic principles of environmental assessment to critically assess development proposals, develop public consultation strategies, evaluate monitoring and mitigation in environmental management plans. Following recent shifts to approaches informed by ecological modernization and new environmental policy instruments, participants will also consider the processes of categorizing social and environmental impacts, of carrying out assessments, and of setting out minimum management standards, have been extended beyond the conventional EA processes to environmental management systems and standard and market- based regulation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the theoretical principles and conceptual development of Environmental Assessment.
- Demonstrate an appreciation of tools and processes for, and practice of, environmental assessment and management;
- Demonstrate skills in assessing development projects, policies and program documents;
- Drawing on key social science readings, analyze and evaluate environmental problems and policy problems affecting EA practices.
- Evaluate the role, strengths and limitations of various assessment tools among a suite of policy approaches used in environmental decision making.
- Demonstrate understanding of how complex socio-political and economic contexts affect environmental decision making
- Identify, assess and articulate how social relationships and political contexts affect how assessment practices function, especially in shaping the trade-offs that occur between competing interests during assessment processes.
Students will learn to apply the basic principles of environmental assessment to critically assess development proposals, develop public consultation strategies, and evaluate monitoring and mitigation in environmental management plans, and consider how Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) principles might be built into decision making.
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- The course will be assessed on the basis of student performance infour primarytask areas: (null) [LO null]
- 3 reaction papers based on an assigned reading (3 reaction papers of 300 words each times, worth 5% each = 15%); (5) [LO null]
- Seminar oral presentation (10%); (10) [LO null]
- Assignment 1: Short essay on contemporary EIA policy (2,000 words, 35%); (35) [LO null]
- Assignment 2: Preparation of a Preliminary Environmental Assessment for a real world project (2,500 words, 40%). (40) [LO null]
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Contact hours 3 hours per week; study and assignment preparation 5 hours per week.
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