ENS6720EN - Global Issues in Environmental Impact Assessment

Course description

Every Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process is set within an institutional context, and this varies from country to country. Explore the application of EIA worldwide. Critically evaluate case study examples. Discuss emerging research in the impact assessment field.

How this course benefits students

Students gain familiarity with the family of instruments and tools used in EIA, how the practice of EIA varies with the institutional context, and how biblical principles are incorporated in the practice of EIA.

Why this course is important

EIA has been adopted worldwide, from multi-lateral development banks to federal and local governments. The application of EIA varies from context to context and environmental managers must appreciate the constraints, challenges, and limitations of EIA within different contexts.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Environmental Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Abigail Harding, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

All of creation exists to be in relationship with God and bring Him praise and glory (Ps. 104, Heb. 2:10, Col. 1:16, Rev. 4:11). God commanded humankind to both subdue and take care of creation (Gen. 1:26-28, Gen. 2:15). EIA is a tool that can inform and facilitate creation care.

Missionally driven

This course prepares missional students to be better-informed stewards of creation and contributes to preparing them to meet others at their point of need.

Contextually informed

Learners are exposed to EIA case studies and gain appreciation of the influence of institutional context and how this varies from country to country.

Interculturally focused

In this course, learners critically review applications of EIA in different parts of the world, considering national and cultural differences.

Practically minded

Learners are equipped with in-depth understanding of EIA processes in different parts of the world and recent research in this field.

Experientially transformed

A problem-solving approach and real-world examples give learners a sense of the reality of using EIA in applied contexts.