- Class Number 4800
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic Online
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Prof Robert Costanza
- AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
- Prof Robert Costanza
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
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.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||What is Environmental Assessment?|
|2||Environmental Goals: Human and Ecosystem Health and Sustainability.||Summary Paper|
|6||Legal Background for EIAs||Summary Paper|
|8||Risk and Uncertainty||Summary Paper|
|9||Cost-Benefit analysis with examples|
Tutorials will be during the last hour of class
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Summary Papers||40 %||*||*||1,2,6|
|Final paper||60 %||03/06/2020||02/07/2020||3,4,5,6,7|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,6
Write four short summaries for policymakers (400 words) that identify the key reading's contributions/ideas and what they mean for environmental assessment policy and practice. This is not intended to be just a reiteration of what's in the report, but a critical and creative assessment for policymakers. What's relevant, what needs improvement, how could it be done better?
Due: 11 March, 25 March, 22 April, 6 May
Length: 400 words each
Return of assessment date: Week after submission
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5,6,7
For your final paper, choose a real-world development project that has a completed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which you can access (read or download). This development project can be in the country of your choosing.
Analyze this completed EIA. How could it be improved upon? Based on both the UNEP report and things you learned in class that go beyond this report, how would you have done the EIA or IEA for this development project?… Include a discussion of the political, cultural, scientific, and other constraints and opportunities. Be critical but also be creative. Can an IEA help make projects better and more sustainable? Assessment criteria will be available on Wattle.
Length: 2000 words…
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Transdisciplinary integration, ecological economics, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, integrated ecological and socioeconomic modeling, energy and material flow analysis, environmental policy, social traps and addictions, incentive structures and institutions.
Prof Robert Costanza
AsPr Ida Kubiszewski