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Postgraduate | MAQ-GEOX8010 | 2023

Social Impact Assessment

Previously MAQ-GEOX802

Understand how social impact assessment can help stakeholders with different world-views find common ground.Explore the difficulties that can arise during cross-cultural negotiations. Pick apart case studies that deal with issues like native title.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
18 weeks

Start dates

  • 24 July 2023

FEE-HELP available

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. Explain the theory underpinning SIA and its role and use in practice
    2. Recognise key social impact issues that occur in land use development and public policy assessment
    3. Apply knowledge and key concepts from social impact assessment to critical evaluation of planning and policy decisions
    4. Identify and discuss ways of integrating social issues into public sector discourse and practice
    5. Research and discuss complex ideas about social change, social process and assessment of social impacts
    6. Recognise ethical issues and risks in evaluation and impact assessment

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MAQ-PSP-MAS-2023 - Master of Public and Social Policy

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-GEOX802 (Not currently available)


Admission to MPASR (OUA) or GradDipPASR (OUA) or MPSP (OUA) NCCW (pre-2020 units) GEOP802, HGEO802, GEOX802

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA subjects offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in subjects through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Master of Public and Social Policy