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This module will give you a theoretical and applied background to Environmental and Social Impact Analysis – a requirement for a wide range of investment projects in both the public and private sectors. The module also introduces tools that are used to support ESIA, ways of improving the effectiveness of ESIA, and other techniques, used to investigate the environmental and social implications of projects and other initiatives.

Learning outcomes

Study materials

Study guide

You will receive a looseleaf binder containing eight units. The units are carefully structured to provide the main teaching, defining and exploring the main concepts and issues, locating these within current debate and introducing and linking the further assigned readings. The unit files are also available to download from the Virtual Learning Environment.


Glasson, J, R Therivel & A Chadwick (2012) Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, 4th Edition, Routledge.


You will receive a volume of Readings, which is a compilation of recently published articles or seminal writings which augment and illustrate the main text.

Virtual learning environment

You will have access to the VLE, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

Module overview

Unit 1 Introduction to Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)
  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Origins and Variations in Application
  • 1.3 Purpose of ESIA
  • 1.4 Drivers for ESIA
  • 1.5 The Overall ESIA Process
  • 1.6 Structuring ESIAs
  • 1.7 Success of ESIA
  • 1.8 Social Impact Assessment
  • 1.9 Summary and Conclusions
Unit 2 Laying the Foundations for ESIA
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 Screening
  • 2.3 Scoping
  • 2.4 Project Description
  • 2.5 Baseline Description
  • 2.6 Data Collection, Interpretation and Reporting
  • 2.7 Summary and Conclusions
Unit 3 Impact Assessment – the 'Heart' of ESIA
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Impact Identification and Prediction
  • 3.3 Impact Significance Evaluation
  • 3.4 Social Impacts and Social Equity
  • 3.5 Summary and Conclusions
Unit 4 Impact Management, Reporting and Decision-Making
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Impact Mitigation and Enhancement
  • 4.3 The Management and Monitoring Plan
  • 4.4 Reporting the ESIA
  • 4.5 ESIA and Decision-Making
  • 4.6 Summary and Conclusions
Unit 5 Stakeholder Engagement/Public Consultation in ESIA
  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 Aims and Benefits of Stakeholder Engagement
  • 5.3 Methods for Securing Stakeholder Engagement
  • 5.4 Stakeholder Engagement in Practice
  • 5.5 Summary and Conclusions
Unit 6 Improving the Effectiveness of ESIA
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 ESIA Planning and Project Management
  • 6.3 Implementation and Follow-up
  • 6.4 Summary and Conclusions
Unit 7 Other Thematic and Specialised Assessment Techniques
  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.2 Thematically Focused Forms of Impact Assessment
  • 7.3 'Specialised' Assessment Techniques
  • 7.4 Summary and Conclusions
Unit 8 Strategic and Emerging Forms of Assessment
  • 8.1 Introduction
  • 8.2 Widening the Scope of Impact Assessment
  • 8.3 Emerging Forms of Impact Assessment
  • 8.4 Summary and Conclusions

Tuition and assessment

Students are individually assigned an academic tutor for the duration of the module, with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session.

You are required to complete two Assignments for this module, which will be marked by your tutor. Assignments are each worth 15% of your total mark. You will be expected to submit your first assignment by the Tuesday of Week 5, and the second assignment at the end of the module, on the Tuesday after Week 8. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. In addition, queries and problems can be answered through the Virtual Learning Environment.

You will also sit a three-hour examination on a specified date in September/October, worth 70% of your total mark. An up-to-date timetable of examinations is published on the website in April each year.

Module sample

Click on the link below to download the module sample document in PDF.