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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Environmental Psychology deals with the environment in all its guises - residential dwellings, leisure spaces, work settings, public spaces, road systems, airports, and other purpose-designed areas. It concerns the effect of the environment on behaviour and emotions and the effect of attitudes and behaviour on the environment. The unit is designed to explore the general theoretical and conceptual issues and to allow scope for students to develop knowledge and skills in specific areas of application.

Unit content

  1. Perception of, and attitudes towards, the environment 
  2. Theories of environment-behaviour relations 
  3. Differences and similarities between the natural vs the built environment with regard to environmental psychological issues 
  4. Personal space and territoriality, density of population 
  5. Architecture and human behaviour 
  6. Noise 
  7. Pollution 
  8. Transport 
  9. Conservation of resources 
  10. Preservation of fauna and flora 
  11. The future: will there be a space psychology?

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the effects of human attitudes and behaviour on the environment within a psychologically-based conceptual framework
2 describe the influence of the environment on behaviour and emotions
3 apply psychological knowledge to the modification of attitudes and behaviour with respect to the environment
4 design practical solutions to human-environment problems, based on psychological theories, and to evaluate the impact of such solutions
5 explain the role of psychology in relation to the environment to a nonpsychological audience (e.g. media, politicians).

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the effects of human attitudes and behaviour on the environment within a psychologically-based conceptual framework
    • GA4:
  2. describe the influence of the environment on behaviour and emotions
    • GA4:
  3. apply psychological knowledge to the modification of attitudes and behaviour with respect to the environment
    • GA2:
  4. design practical solutions to human-environment problems, based on psychological theories, and to evaluate the impact of such solutions
    • GA2:
  5. explain the role of psychology in relation to the environment to a nonpsychological audience (e.g. media, politicians).
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.