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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to SIA
    • Theory, methodology and practice of SIA
    • Case studies of SIA including: mining and resource development
    • Infrastructure
    • Native title
    • Negotiation
    • Participation
    • Ethics
    • Conflict
    • Post-disaster recovery
    • Climate change adaptation
    • Forced resettlement

At the completion of this subject 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 1 - Assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Paper (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Research Assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Participation (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject 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.

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