The module focuses on deepening students’ understanding of the scope for promoting sustainable development through individual behavioural change to promote a sustainable society, and how appropriate behavioural change might be encouraged
Module will run
Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18
In this module the emphasis is placed on individual responsibility for sustainable development, and introduces a range of debates that illuminate different aspects of society-environment relations, for example, rational choice theory, identity, citizenship and the role of the mass media. The module focuses on the scientific study of the transactions and interrelationships between people and their physical environment and the interplay between humans and their surroundings including natural and built environments as well as social settings.
Module learning outcomes
On completion of this module, a capable student will be able to:
Critically analyse psychological and behavioural aspects of people towards nature and environment
Evaluate the role of culture in understanding human-behaviour relationships
Discuss the relationship between contact with nature and physical and psychological health
Analyse and synthesise key theories of place, place attachment and place identity
Evaluate the psychological processes triggered by our environment, and how they can be manipulated to affect our perception, attitude and actions
An understanding of the factors affecting the likely ‘success’ of policies reliant on promoting individual behavioural change, and the causes of implementation failure
Ability to critically reason, self-reflective analysis
An appreciation of the factors driving personal motivations and action
Academic and graduate skills
Competently manage information and conduct basic research tasks
Tailor message for the audience and listen to the views of others
Build positive working relationships that help everyone to achieve goals and objectives
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Reflective Journal - Autumn
Essay/coursework Reflective Journal - Spring
University - closed examination Environmental Psychology for a Sustainable Society
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Reassessment: Reflective Journal
Continuous feedback will be made available to the students during the seminar sessions.
Feedback on coursework will be delivered individually (4 week turnaround).
Reading material will be provided throughout the module, linked to the appropriate lectures on the VLE.