INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - 2018/9

Module code: PSY3072

Module Overview

The final year option in environmental psychology will introduce students to some of the key questions which currently guide research and practice in environmental psychology. The course addresses issues around architectural psychology as well as global and local environmental problems facing our world today. It provides an insight into the psychology of environment-behaviour issues focusing on built (residential, work and public) and natural environments. The main focus of the course will be to provide an insight into the research and theory development to date and to familiarise students with the practical and multidisciplinary nature of the field.

By the end of the course students should have an advanced understanding of the nature and scope of some of the principal theoretical and methodological developments in this area of research and an understanding of the application of psychological theory and concepts to an important area of everyday life.

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

WYLES K Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: C810

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.

Module content


Indicative content includes:

The module will largely address two topics in environment-behaviour research


Architectural psychology and environmental design. This includes topics such as place identity, environmental aesthetics, environmental cognition and wayfinding, territoriality and crowding and environmental stress.
The Psychology of sustainable development. This includes topics such as: perceptions of climate change, understanding pro-environmental behaviours, attitudes and values and environmental risk.



 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 6 PAGE ESSAY 50
Examination 60 MINUTE EXAMINATION 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Assessment 1: Essay – analysing an existing environment


Their ability to analyse physical environments using environmental psychology methods
Their knowledge of environmental psychology theories and research evidence
Their ability to consider the practical impact of research
Their ability to formulate a coherent argument for an academic and non-academic audience


Assessment 2: Exam


Their knowledge of environmental psychology theories, methods and research evidence
Their ability to critically evaluate the quantity and quality of evidence in psychology
Their ability to provide practical solutions to environmental problems based on environmental psychology theories and evidence


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


6 page essay 50% (approximately week 6)
In which students are asked to describe a specific environment and analyse the positive and negative aspects of this environment drawing on environmental psychology methods, theories and evidence.
60 min exam – 50% (during winter exam period)
In which students answer 1 essay question (out of a possible 3) focusing on environmental sustainability


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be given formative feedback in class throughout the module. In particular via the in class exercises where students will work in small group to conduct a range of tasks including the analysis of the university campus, an evaluation of the usefulness of different environmental psychology methods to examine certain behaviours, discussions of proposed interventions to address an environmental problem. 

Module aims

  • Provide students with an understanding of the major theoretical formulations and models in the area of environmental psychology in order to provide a conceptual underpinning to inform their approach to research and practice
  • Provide students with a knowledge of individual, organisational and social aspects of approaches to environmental psychology

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Analyse physical environments using environmental psychology methods C
2 Provide practical solutions to environmental problems drawing on environmental psychology theories and evidence C
3 Critically evaluate the quantity and quality of evidence in psychology C
4 Demonstrate an awareness of environmental psychology theories and research evidence in the field of architectural psychology K
5 Demonstrate an awareness of environmental psychology theories, methods and research evidence in the area of environmental sustainabillity K
6 Able to consider the practical impact of research T
7 Able to conduct research and consultancy work on environment-behaviour issues P
8 Formulate a coherent argument for an academic and non-academic audience P
9 Consider the practical implications of research  P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Give students an overview of major theoretical formulations in environment-behaviour issues.
Provide students with an insight into the history of environment-behaviour research
Critically engage with the literature and evidence of environment-behaviour issues
Enable students to analyse physical environments drawing on environmental psychology theory and methods
Provide students with an understanding of how psychology can contribute to understanding and tackling environmental issues


The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures (1 hour a week for 11 weeks)
In class discussions and group work (1 hour a week for 11 weeks)


 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy3072

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Psychology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.