Checking date: 02/06/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Environmental Impact Assessment
Study: M. Global Sustainable Development and Global Governance (376)

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Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


- Knowledge of the values of biodiversity, justice and environmental sustainability, and the ability to apply the principles of prevention and precaution in the context of theorical principles in the evaluation of environmental impact assessment. - Understanding of the interactions between the administrative design, planning and documentation steps in the environmental impact assessment process. - Ability to understand and apply the methods based on the identification and assessment of alternatives, weighing of factors, the identification of potential impacts and evaluation of impacts. - Comprehension of the GIS (geographical information systems) potential and acquisition of collaborative methods techniques in the EIA.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
-Case study of environmental impact evaluation, valuation of environmental elements and prediction of potential impacts. -Analysis of potential impact of the case under study on air, soil, noise, biological and sociological environment. -Applications of cause-effect matrices and georeferentiation methods in the process of identification of environmental impacts. -Elaboration of documents of targeting, scope, design, planning, monitoring, auditing.
Learning activities and methodology
- Theorical classes - Theoretical-practical classes - Tutorships - Team work - Individual assignments - Midterm and final exams.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Glasson et al. . Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment. Routledge. 2012
  • Lawerence, David. Environmental Impact Assessment. Practical Solutions to Recurrent Problems. Wiley. 2003
Additional Bibliography
  • Beattie, R.. Everything you already know about EIA, but don¿t often admit. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 15. 1995
  • Calow, P. (ed). Handbook of environmental risk assessment and management. Blackwell Science. 1997
  • Canter, L. and Ross, W.. State of practice of cumulative effects assessment and management: the good, the bad and the ugly. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 28 (4), 261¿8. 2010
  • Cooper, L.M. and Sheate W. . ¿Cumulative effects assessment: A review of UK environmental impact statements¿. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 22. 415¿439. 2002
  • Morgan, Richard K. . ¿Environmental impact assessment: the state of the art¿ Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. Vol. 30, No. 1, March 2012, 5¿14.

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