Social Impact Assessment and Cross-Cultural Negotiation - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Key Issues Summary 1000 words (25%) , Paper - Tutorial Paper 1500 words (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,317.00
International 2,567.00

Social impact assessment is a key tool in managing development in multicultural environments where stakeholders have different views of the world. Using case studies of resource projects, major infrastructure developments, native title, post-disaster recovery and climate change adaptation this unit develops conceptual, methodological and practical skills relevant to government, community and private sectors. Students will examine several major social impact studies and native title negotiations.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. develop a critical literacy in the field of Social Impact Assessment in terms of inter-cultural communication, conflict and cooperation
  2. an ability to discuss the history of Social Impact Assessment and its basic theoretical and methodological foundations in Australia and internationally
  3. an ability to explain the requirements for negotiations-based approaches to Social Impact Assessment in cross-cultural settings
  4. understand the lessons of recent negotiations about resource industry and infrastructure developments in Australia
  5. understand the communications issues affecting cross-cultural negotiations and Social Impact Assessment research
  6. demonstrate written and oral communication skills and research skills at a high level.
  • Assignment — Key Issues Summary 1000 words (25%)
  • Paper — Tutorial Paper 1500 words (30%)
  • Participation — online (5%)
  • Research Assignment — Research Paper 3000 words (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to SIA
2Theory, methodology and practice of SIA
3Case studies of SIA including: mining and resource development
5native title
10post-disaster recovery
11climate change adaptation
12forced resettlement

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