THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - 2017/8
Module code: PSYM067
GATERSLEBEN BC Dr (Psychology)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 22
Independent Study Hours: 128
|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.
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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.
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
|To have an understanding of psychological theories that help understand environmentally relevant behaviour, consumer behaviour and quality of life issues||KCPT|
|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|
|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|
|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
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).
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
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.
Reading list for THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym067
Programmes this module appears in
|Health Psychology MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Corporate Environmental Management MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Environmental Psychology MSc||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Environmental Strategy MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Social Psychology MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Sustainable Development MSc||2||Optional||Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% 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 2017/8 academic year.