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.
Perception of, and attitudes towards, the environment
Theories of environment-behaviour relations
Differences and similarities between the natural vs the built environment with regard to environmental psychological issues
Personal space and territoriality, density of population
Architecture and human behaviour
Conservation of resources
Preservation of fauna and flora
The future: will there be a space psychology?
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
GA1: Intellectual rigour,
GA3: Ethical practice,
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline,
GA5: Lifelong learning,
GA6: Communication and social skills,
GA7: Cultural competence
|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||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||describe the influence of the environment on behaviour and emotions||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||apply psychological knowledge to the modification of attitudes and behaviour with respect to the environment||Creativity|
|4||design practical solutions to human-environment problems, based on psychological theories, and to evaluate the impact of such solutions||Creativity|
|5||explain the role of psychology in relation to the environment to a nonpsychological audience (e.g. media, politicians).||Communication and social skills|