THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - 2017/8

Module code: PSYM067

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

GATERSLEBEN BC Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

C800

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 22

Independent Study Hours: 128

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP REPORT AND PRESENTATION 25
Coursework ESSAY 75

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment for assignment 1 is a poster with a 1,000 word outline.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

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.

Module aims

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


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

Assessment Strategy

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

Formative assessment

Students will be encouraged to discuss topics in class and conduct presentations of their group and individual work.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided in class through discussions and peer and tutor feedback on discussions and in class presentations.

Reading list

Reading list for THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym067

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
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.