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GEOG471 Impact Assessment and Sustainability

The origins and principles of impact assessment (IA); the international state of IA; recent changes in New Zealand; methodology and IA; problems with IA practice, their causes and possible remedies.

Impact assessment is the most widely used environmental management process around the world, but its effectiveness is often limited by weak practice. This paper seeks to improve practice by developing a theory-based model of impact assessment relevant to its use in ecological, social, cultural, health and policy contexts. The paper is as relevant to international students as it is to New Zealand students, as the emphasis is on shaping impact assessment processes relevant to the decision-making context.

Paper title Impact Assessment and Sustainability
Paper code GEOG471
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,256.92
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,151.03

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Eligibility
The paper is available to students at or above 400-level across the campus. A background in some aspect of environmental or social/political science is preferable.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper students should be able to:
  • To develop an understanding of the intentions and role of IA and, in particular, to identify who benefits from the process and how
  • To emphasise the different levels and forms of impact assessment
  • To highlight the importance of methodology in IA activities and to clarify the relationship with scientific studies
  • To increase the understanding of the New Zealand IA processes
  • To emphasise the role and importance of public involvement in the IA process
  • To develop practical skills and confidence in undertaking impact assessment studies
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Instructor: Professor Richard Morgan
Paper Structure
Topics covered include scoping and prediction, public participation, evaluating the significance of impact and reviewing for quality control. The paper is relevant to students from all backgrounds who have an interest in managing the natural, physical and social systems that make up our environment in more sustainable ways.
Teaching Arrangements
Teaching is by lectures, practical workshops and group work.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Readings are prescribed as required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

The origins and principles of impact assessment (IA); the international state of IA; recent changes in New Zealand; methodology and IA; problems with IA practice, their causes and possible remedies.

Impact assessment is the most widely used environmental management process around the world, but its effectiveness is often limited by weak practice. This paper seeks to improve practice by developing a theory-based model of impact assessment relevant to its use in ecological, social, cultural, health and policy contexts. The paper is as relevant to international students as it is to New Zealand students, as the emphasis is on shaping impact assessment processes relevant to the decision-making context.

Paper title Impact Assessment and Sustainability
Paper code GEOG471
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Eligibility
The paper is available to students at or above 400-level across the campus. A background in some aspect of environmental or social/political science is preferable.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Instructor: Professor Richard Morgan
Paper Structure
Topics covered include scoping and prediction, public participation, evaluating the significance of impact and reviewing for quality control. The paper is relevant to students from all backgrounds who have an interest in managing the natural, physical and social systems that make up our environment in more sustainable ways.
Teaching Arrangements
Teaching is by lectures, practical workshops and group work.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Readings are prescribed as required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper students should be able to:
  • To develop an understanding of the intentions and role of IA and, in particular, to identify who benefits from the process and how
  • To emphasise the different levels and forms of impact assessment
  • To highlight the importance of methodology in IA activities and to clarify the relationship with scientific studies
  • To increase the understanding of the New Zealand IA processes
  • To emphasise the role and importance of public involvement in the IA process
  • To develop practical skills and confidence in undertaking impact assessment studies

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22