ENS4720EN - Environmental Impact Assessment

Course description

Explore the processes involved in undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to examine the environmental and social consequences of development actions before a project is implemented. Appreciate the US origins of EIA and its worldwide uptake, the importance of institutional context, and the interdisciplinary and cyclical nature of EIA. Prepare a scoping report for a real-world example.

How this course benefits students

Learners gain an understanding of the EIA process and the multidisciplinary components that contribute to each stage and how these interrelate.

Why this course is important

Currently, EIA is a requirement in most countries of the world. In some countries, there are often both national/ federal and state/regional EIA systems and regulations. An understanding of the EIA process and emerging issues in the field of EIA is imperative for a career in environmental management.

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 mankind 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 the basic principles of EIA and gain appreciation of the influence of institutional context and how this varies from country to country.

Interculturally focused

In this course, learners consider the many stakeholders who participate in an EIA, and examples from different parts of the world.

Practically minded

This course offers practical insight into EIA through case study examples and preparation of a scoping study for a real-world example.

Experientially transformed

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