Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. FMIN10 overlaps following cours/es: FMI085. Optional for: L4fr, V4. Course coordinator: Charlotte Malmgren,, Environmental and Energy Systems Studies. Prerequisites: GEMF01, FMI031 or VTVA05. Recommended prerequisits: Minimum 130 credits within the program. Assessment: A written examination. Several assignments or a project are required. They should be performed individually or in small groups and presented both orally and in writing. Participation in seminars, presentations and study visits is mandatory. Home page:

The general aim of the course is that students should acquire knowledge about the use of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in planning and decision-making, that they should be stimulated to discuss the possibilities and limitations of EIA, and that they should be trained in critical thinking.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course highlights how Environmental Impact Assessment has developed and is used in Sweden as a tool to provide the general public and decision makers with a preliminary assessment of probable effects on health, environment and society of alternative actions, related to decisions regarding legislation, aims/policy, programmes and projects/activities.

The course discusses the prerequisites and forms for using EIA in connection with projects and EIA in the Swedish planning and decision-making system. The course also deals with assessment of environmental impacts of certain plans and programmes: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

The instruction consists of lectures, seminars, simulation, role-play, practical exercises in Environmental Impact Assessment and quality control, possibly a field trip. By taking part in the completion of parts of an Environmental Impact Assessment and by critically analysing existing EIAs, the course participants are aquainted with different methods and with the strengths and weaknesses of EIA as a method.

Hedlund, A & Kjellander, C: MKB – introduktion till miljökonsekvensbeskrivning. Studentlitteratur 2007.
Miljöbedömningar för planer enligt plan- och bygglagen – en vägledning. Boverket 2006.
Wallentinus, H-G (red.): MKB. perspektiv på miljökonekvensbeskrivning. Lund: Studentlitteratur 2007.
Articles and reports.
Reference: Glasson, J, Therivel, R, Chadwick A: Introduction to environmental impact assessment. Routledge 2005 (3rd edition).
The literature list is established each year. Due to the rapid development within the field, this list, valid this year, can be subject to changes.