KEY QUESTIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - 2023/4
Module code: PSY3072
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.
RATCLIFFE Eleanor (Psychology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: C810
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 108
Seminar Hours: 22
Guided Learning: 10
Captured Content: 10
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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, environmental restoration, and environmental stress.
- The Psychology of sustainable development. This includes topics such as: understanding pro-environmental behaviours, attitudes and values and environmental risk.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||GROUP PRESENTATION||25|
|Coursework||6 PAGE ESSAY||75|
In case a student cannot participate in Assessment 1 on the day of the presentation (due to approved ECs), they will be required to provide written/recorded evidence of their contribution to the presentation development (e.g., voiceover on PowerPoint slides).
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
Assessment 1: Group presentation - 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: Individual essay
- 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:
- 10-minute group presentation, 25%, 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.
- 6-page essay, 75%, in which students answer one essay question focusing on a key topic from the module taught content.
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 groups 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, and discussions of proposed interventions to address an environmental problem.
- 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
|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|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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.
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This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the International Engagement Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programmes this module appears in
|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 2023/4 academic year.