41404 - Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment Modulübersicht

Module Number: 41404
Module Title:Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment
  Strategische Umweltprüfung und Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung
Department: Faculty 2 - Environment and Natural Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. (NMU, UA) Schmidt, Michael
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: Every winter semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
At the end of the module the students are able:
  • to compare the origins and development of EIA in the US, Europe and worldwide;
  • to critically review the EIA process, explaining its various steps;
  • to select appropriate impact identification and prediction methods for the use within the EIA process.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
At the end of the module the student are able:
  • to introduce the key principles, procedure and application of SEA;
  • to discuss SEA as a policy-instrument and a way to improve strategic actions;
  • to explore benefits and barriers to a successful SEA;
  • to highlight the links and differences between SEA and Project EIA;
  • to understand the importance of strategic objectives and their alternatives at SEA level.
Contents:The contents of lectures will be discussed in more detail and applied to different case studies during seminars. While the lecture provides theoretical background, the seminars utilise a more practice-oriented approach. Students will apply various methods explained during the lectures with the help of relevant case studies.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • The history and development of EIA, the development in US and Europe
  • The legal context of EIA (NEPA and the European EIA Directive)
  • The EIA process – screening, scoping, environmental baseline, impact assessment, environmental impact statement (EIS) and its review, public participation, decision making and monitoring
  • Methods used for identification of impacts and assessing their significance (checklists, matrices, networks, map overlays etc.)
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Basic concept and understanding of SEA, its benefits and importance for transition towards sustainability
  • The objectives and implementation of the EC's SEA Directive 2001/42/EC
  • The differences and similarities between EIA and SEA
  • The SEA procedure and its integration into the process of planning
Recommended Prerequisites:None
Mandatory Prerequisites:None
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Seminar / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Self organised studies / 120 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:Lecture notes and presentations shown during seminars will be available for downloading from the BTU Moodle learning portal. For students interested in more in-depth study of lecture topics, optional advanced readings will be regularly uploaded to the BTU Moodle learning portal.

Recommended Journals:
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Review published by Elsevier
  • Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal published by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
Both journals are electronically available to all BTU students at the following web pages:
  • http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01959255
  • https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tiap20
N.B.: to get full access for articles, these web pages have to be accessed from within BTU network or with the help of a VPN-Client.

Environmental Impact Assessment – recommended readings:
  • Canter LW (1996) Environmental Impact Assessment. Second Edition. McGraw-Hill Inc. Series in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering.
  • Glasson J, Therivel R, Chadwick A (2005) Introduction to environmental impact assessment: 3rd Edition. Routledge, London
  • Morris P, Therivel R (eds.) (2001) Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment (2nd edition). Spon Press, London
  • Petts J (ed.) (1999) Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment. Volume 1. Environmental Impact Assessment: Process, Methods and Potential. Volume 2. Environmental Impact Assessment in Practice: Impact and Limitations. Blackwell Science Ltd., Oxford.
  • Schmidt M et al. (Eds.) (2008) Standards and Thresholds for Impact Assessment. Environmental Protection in the European Union, Volume 3. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • Wathern P (Ed.) (1998) Environmental Impact Assessment: Theory and Practice. Routledge, London.
  • Wood C (2003) Environmental Impact Assessment. A Comparative Review: Second Edition. Pearson Education Limited, Harlow.

Strategic Environmental Assessment - recommended readings:

  • Dalal-Clayton B, Sadler B (2005) Strategic environmental assessment: A sourcebook and reference guide to international experience. Earthscan, London.
  • Fischer TB (2002) Strategic Environmental Assessment in Transport and Land Use Planning. Earthscan, London.
  • Fischer TB (2007) Theory and Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment: Towards a More Systematic Approach. Earthscan, London.
  • Gühnemann A (2000) Methods for Strategic Environmental Assessment of Transport Infrastructure Plans. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden.
  • Jones C et al. (eds) Strategic Environmental Assessment and Land Use Planning – an international evaluation. Earthscan, London.
  • Marsden S (2008) Strategic Environmental Assessment in International and European Law: A Practitioner’s Guide. Earthscan, London.
  • Partidario MR and Clark R (Eds.) (2000) Perspectives on Strategic Environmental Assessment. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton.
  • Schmidt M, João E and Albrecht E (Eds.) (2005) Implementing Strategic Environmental Assessment. Environmental Protection in the European Union, Volume 2. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • Therivel R (2004) Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action. Earthscan, London.
  • Therivel R, Partidario MR (eds.) (1996) The Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment, Earthscan, London.
  • Therivel R, Wilson E, Thompson S, Heaney D and Pritchard D (1992) Strategic Environmental Assessment. Earthscan, London.
Module Examination:Continuous Assessment (MCA)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:
  • Oral performance verification (duration 10 minutes, maximum 15 points)
  • Presentation (duration 10 minutes, maximum 15 points)
To pass the module students need to gain a minimum of 12 points (the sum of points for the above mentioned module components).
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Environmental and Resource Management / keine Prüfungsordnung
  • M.Sc. / Environmental and Resource Management (research-oriented profile) / Prüfungsordnung 2011 - 2. SÄ 2017
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management / keine Prüfungsordnung
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Landnutzung und Wasserbewirtschaftung / keine Prüfungsordnung
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Umweltingenieurwesen / keine Prüfungsordnung

The module “SEA/EIA” will be offered in Winter Semester 2020/21 in form of an online teaching. Lectures will be given via the online video conference platform Cisco WebEx on Wednesdays from 09:15 till 10:45. To attend the lectures, students will be provided with an access link a few days before each lecture. Lectures will not be recorded, therefore regular online participation is highly recommended. Lecture slides will be uploaded to the course page in Moodle together with recommended reading materials. Student presentations will be organised as group presentations in form of a block seminar in the end of the semester, preliminary in January 2021. Presentations will be also conducted online via the Cisco WebEx. Preliminary, oral performance verification will be organised in the end of the semester either online for those students, who cannot be present in person, or in person for those students, who are going to be in Cottbus during the examination period. The organisation of oral exams may be changed completely to an online mode, if the COVID-19 situation development makes it necessary. Organisation of both group presentation and oral exams will be flexible, students will be provided with several dates and time options to fit into their personal schedules.

Registering for Examination of the module SEA/EIA is mandatory! No registration means no final grade in the end.

Module Components:
  • 2403121 LE Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • 2403122 SE Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment
Components to be offered in the Current Semester:

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