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Environmental Psychology for a Sustainable Society - ENV00031H

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Matthew Cotton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

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

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

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:

Subject content:

  • 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


Task Length % of module mark
Reflective Journal - Autumn
N/A 25
Reflective Journal - Spring
N/A 25
University - closed examination
Environmental Psychology for a Sustainable Society
2 hours 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Reflective Journal
N/A 100

Module feedback

Continuous feedback will be made available to the students during the seminar sessions.

Feedback on coursework will be delivered individually (4 week turnaround).

Indicative reading

Reading material will be provided throughout the module, linked to the appropriate lectures on the VLE.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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