2019 Environmental Impact Assessment

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Nishikizawa Shigeo  Murayama Takehiko 
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Course description and aims

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an important tool for public and private development and planning decisions toward creating a sustainable society. In this course, students learn EIA theories, methods and regulations with several case studies. Scientific aspects such as predictions and evaluation methods as well as democratic aspects relating to public participation will be explained. Students will also explore EIA practices both of foreign countries and international cooperation.

Student learning outcomes

(1) To be able to explain what is EIA.
(2) To understand theories, methods and systems of EIA.
(3) To explain methodologies of impact prediction, evaluation and their challenges.


Environmental Impact Assessment, Public Participation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Mainly lectures are conducted, discussions or short reports are assigned.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to the course, What is EIA? To understand the basic concept of EIA
Class 2 Screening To understand screening method worldwide
Class 3 Scoping and Public Participation To understand the matrix method in the scoping stage and public participation methodologies
Class 4 SEA To understand the concept of SEA and its practices
Class 5 Prediction of Environmental Impacts 1 To understand prediction and evaluation methods relating to physical environmental items
Class 6 Prediction of Environmental Impacts 2 To understand prediction and evaluation methods relating to impacts to the eco-system and social aspects
Class 7 EIA systems in Foreign Countries To understand EIA systems in foreign countries such as US NEPA
Class 8 Environmental and Social Consideration in International Cooperation To understand EIA practices in international cooperation


Materials are distributed in each class

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, 4th Edition, John Glasson et al. (in English)
Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, Japan Society of Impact Assessment (in Japanese)
Environmental Impact Assessment 2nd Edition, Sachihiko Harashina (in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Assignments in each class 75%, report 25 %

Related courses

  • TSE.C312 : Introduction to Environmental Policy and Social System
  • GEG.S401 : Environmental Policy

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

There is no prerequisite for this course.

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