THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - 2021/2
Module code: PSYM067
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This module provides students with an understanding of the major theoretical formulations and models in the area of risk in order to provide a conceptual underpinning to inform their approach to research and practice, and to provide students with a knowledge of individual, organisational and social aspects of approaches to environmental risks.
GATERSLEBEN Birgitta (Psychology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: C800
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
- Social barriers and motivations for pro-environmental behavior (e.g., Social dilemma paradigm, Theory of Planned Behavior, Norm Activation Model).
- Public perceptions of environmental problems (Knowledge, Values and attitudes, Risk perception – public perceptions of climate change, the role of social and symbolic aspects, Are people rational thinkers?).
- Education and persuasion (Persuasive communication, Education, persuasion, social Influence).
- Behavior change (behavior change strategies studied in psychology).
- Consumption and wellbeing (materialism, compulsive buying, consumption and wellbeing).
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||GROUP REPORT AND PRESENTATION||25|
Alternative assessment for assignment 1 is a poster with a 1,000 word outline.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to design evidence based interventions for the promotion of sustainable behaviours and critically assess the theories and empirical evidence in psychology that addresses sustainable and unsustainable consumer behaviours.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Poster presentation: (assesses learning outcomes: 1-4) Week 7
Essay: (assesses learning outcomes: 1-4) Submission: Week 10
Students will be encouraged to discuss topics in class and conduct presentations of their group and individual work.
Feedback will be provided in class through discussions and peer and tutor feedback on discussions and in class presentations.
- This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the theories and research evidence in psychology that help contribute to understanding and changing individual sustainable behaviours. To provide students with the ability to develop evidence based interventions for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles and behaviours
|1||To have an understanding of psychological theories that help understand environmentally relevant behaviour, consumer behaviour and quality of life issues||KCPT|
|2||To be trained in problem analysis and formulation, intervention, assessment and evaluation as appropriate to environmental and consumer behaviour in order to enable them to conduct empirical research of their own||KCPT|
|3||To be able to link theoretical and empirical questions to social and environmental issues with a view to understanding the behavioural and psychological applications and action implications of environmental psychological theories and empirical findings||KCPT|
|4||To be knowledgeable of procedures and practices for the ethical conduct of research||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 22
Independent Study Hours: 128
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
To provide students with an understanding of the theories and research evidence in psychology that help contribute to understanding and changing individual sustainable behaviours.
To provide students with the ability to develop evidence based interventions for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles and behaviours.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- 2 hour seminar x 11 over one week as this module is shared with the Centre for Environmental Strategy and is part of their MSc programme in which students attend one-week moduls. This will involve a combination of lecturing, presentations and discussion.
- 128 hours independent study largely comprising reading key texts as well as the preparation of materials for the assignments
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.
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