Environmental Impact Assessment (Revision 1)
Area of Study: Social Science
ENVS 305 is not available for challenge.
Environmental Studies 305: Environmental Impact Assessment, a three-credit, senior-level course is designed to introduce you to a systematic process for predicting, and evaluating the significant environmental consequences of a proposed action or undertaking. This process—environmental impact assessment—has been applied primarily to new infrastructure projects, such as power plants, highways, pipelines, dams, mines, airports, incinerators and landfills. Assessment processes have also been used to consider the implications of new technologies, plans, and policies that may result in significant social and biophysical effects. This course focuses on environmental assessment processes—what they are meant to accomplish, and how they are designed or should be designed to be effective, efficient and fair.
- Unit 1: History and Key Features of Environmental Assessment
- Unit 2: Setting a Standard for Environmental Assessment in Canada: The Berger Inquiry on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline
- Unit 3: Setting a Standard for Environmental Assessment in Canada: The Ecosystem Approach
- Unit 4: Legislated Environmental Assessment at the Federal Level in Canada
- Unit 5: Legislated Environmental Assessment at the Provincial Level in Canada
- Unit 6: The Role of the Public in Environmental Assessment
- Unit 7: Biophysical Impact Assessment and Cumulative Environmental Effects
- Unit 8: Social Impact Assessment
- Unit 9: Case Study: Environmental Assessment of the
Proposed Red Hill Creek Expressway
- Unit 10: The Prospects for Advancement of Environmental Assessment
To receive credit for ENVS 305, you must complete all assignments; achieve a minimum grade of at least 60 percent on the final examination and a composite course grade of at least "C-" (60 percent ). The weighting of the course grade is as follows:
|Preliminary submission for the major assignment||Short essay||Major assignment||Final Exam||Total|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Nishihata, J., & Pape, A. (1977). The Inquiry film. [s.l.]: Inquiry Films.
Richardson, M., Sherman, J., & Gismondi, M. (1993).
Winning back the words: Confronting experts in an environmental public hearing. Toronto: Garamond.
The course materials also include a student manual, study guide and a reading file.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, June 17, 2004.
Updated May 11 2016 by SAS