Social impact studies


Environmental and Regional Studies (3rd level)

Regional studies (3rd Cycle)

Course code: DIR10
Year of study: without

Course principal:
Assist. Prof. Pavel Gantar, Ph. D.


Workload: lectures 40 hours, tutorial 20 hours, individual work 120 hours
Course type: modul elective
Languages: Slovene, English
Learning and teaching methods: lectures, e-learning, tutorial


Course syllabus (download)


Second-cycle Bologna degree in the relevant track or a university (level VII) degree


Content (Syllabus outline):

  • Theoretical backgrounds for the social impact assessment studies;
  • What are the social impacts on individual and collective levels (neighbourhood, local community, region)
  • Methods and techniques of the social impact assessment;
  • Ex ante and ex post social impact assessment;
  • Values and interests in social impact assessment ;
  • The role of the (affected) citizens in social impact assessment;
  • Social impact assessment case studies at local and regional levels;
  • Megaprojects and their social impacts on local and regional levels



  • Social impact assessment guideline. State of Queensland, Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation, September 2020.
  • Becker, (1997): Social Impact Assessment. UCL Press: London.
  • Barrow, C. J. (2000). Social Impact Assessment. An Introduction. London: Arnold.
  • Vanclay, F. (2002): Conceptualising Social Impacts. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 22 (2002) 183-211, Elsvier.
  • Gantar, P. (1991): Družbene posledice urejanja prostora. V: KRANJC (Ur.): Prihodnost
  • slovenskega podeželja. Novo mesto: Dolenjska založba
  • Flyvbjerg, B. (2003): Megaprojects and Risk. An Anatomy of Ambition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Objectives and competences:

Students will acquire the knowledge on various social impacts brought about with build interventions in different social environments. The disregard of the possible desired and above all non-desired social impacts may harm local and regional development. Students will learn the approaches, methodologies and techniques of ex-ante and ex post assessments of the social impacts.


Intended learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to recognise various social impacts brought about by build interventions into local and regional environments;
  • They will be able to integrate social impact assessments into regional and developmental planning;
  • By participating in particular case studies they will acquire basic experiences for further activities in the field of regional development.



Exam (100 %).