Course syllabus

Miljösystemanalys: Miljökonsekvensbeskrivning
Environmental Systems Studies: Environmental Impact Assessment

FMIN10, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-03-16

General Information

Elective for: L4-fr, V4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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 analyzing existing EIAs, the course participants are acuainted with different methods and with the strengths and weaknesses of EIA as a method.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
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.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: Minimum 130 credits within the program.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMI085

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Charlotte Malmgren,
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