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To which offered: (I/ III/ V) III semester
Course Title: Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Practice
Credits: 2 Credits
Course Code (new): SHE2ED326
Type of Course: Elective yes Cohort MAED
Course Coordinator and Team:Prof. Asmita Kabra
Email of course coordinator: asmita[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Land is the basis for all productive activity, and as such, it lies at the crux of issues and debates on environment and development. Concerns of growth, distribution and sustainability are linked intimately with questions about land ownership, access and use. In the backdrop of the global surge in ‘land takings’ and involuntary displacement, traditional forms of access, tenure and control over land are continuously being reconfigured in the global South. In India, the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act (RFCTLARR 2013) has made it mandatory for all development projects involving land takings, to be preceded by a Social Impact Assessment. There is a severe dearth of trained practitioners well-versed in the legal requirements of SIA and the larger institutional, social, political and economic context in which land-takings are embedded. This course aims to fill this gap through hands-on, practice-oriented training in SIA which can plug this gap and provide gainful employment opportunities to students.
Learning outcome: On successful completion of the coursework, students will be able to conceptualize, plan and implement the process of SIA with special reference to the urban context. As such, it is useful for those seeking careers as consultants, field practitioners, researchers, activists, or simply as engaged citizens.
Contextualizing SIA in the backdrop of India’s new land wars
Understanding India’s complex land tenure systems
Estimating impacts of land loss and designing compensation and mitigation
Estimating impacts of livelihood losses and designing mitigation
Ensuring Fairness, Transparency and Participation
Preparing an SIA Report and Social Impact Mitigation Plan
Indicative Reading List
Note: Additional readings and case studies will be provided during course transaction for all modules of the course.
For the final jury, various members of the local community, as well as state functionaries associated with the State SIA Unit at SHE will be invited to grade the students’ final presentation in the light of the requirements of an actual SIA.