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AZA2546

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Marshall Mdoka

Synopsis

This unit uses case studies from the Southern Africa region and international situations to examine processes used for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), the compilation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the effect of both on the public. It also examines the processed by which the potential environmental consequences of development proposals are analysed and evaluated. This is done from a positive and negative perspective. The unit goes on to explore legislative frameworks for environmental decision-making (EDM) from a global perspective and in so doing considers other decision-making tools such as cost-benefit analysis, environmental audits and environmental management plans (EMPs)

Outcomes

  1. Familiarise with EDM making and values in EIA
  2. Familiarise with EIA institutional, legal and policy provisions, particularly in SADC countries.
  3. Grasp the interface between project and EIA life cycles.
  4. Explain stages in the EIA process.
  5. Explain the importance of public participation in EIA.
  6. Describe methods used in undertaking EIA.
  7. Identify impacts and possible mitigation measures in EIA.

Assessment

Essay: 25% (2000 words)
Group oral presentation: 10%
Individual report writing: 15% (1500 words)
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

First year sequence in Geography and Environmental Science

Prohibitions

AZA3546, ATS2546, ATS3546