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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.335
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: GATERSLEBEN BC Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Available to final year PSY/APS students. Runs in semster two.
Assessment Pattern

1) one 2,500 word coursework research proposal (25%) 
2) one 90 minute examination (75%)

Module Overview
All Level 2 Psychology/APS Psychology modules
Module Aims

1.   To provide 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.

2.   To provide students with a knowledge of individual, organisational and social aspects of approaches to environmental risks.

3.   To provide students with an understanding of different risk management strategies and to compare and contrast these different strategies.

4.   To provide students with the skills to conduct research and consultancy work on environmental risk issues.

5.   To expose students to the philosophy and history of environmental attitude and behaviour change research in order to provide a conceptual underpinning to inform their understanding of the major theoretical formulations and models used to investigate attitude and behaviour change research and practice.

6.   To provide the students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of methods, theory and practice of environment-behaviour research as related to sustainability and quality of life issues.

7.   To train students in problem analysis and formulation, intervention, assessment and evaluation as appropriate to environmental risk in order to enable them to conduct empirical research of their own.

8.   To enable students to link theoretical and empirical questions to social and environmental issues with a view to understanding the practical applications and action implications of environmental psychological theories and empirical findings. 

9.   To impart procedures and practices for the ethical conduct of research.

Learning Outcomes
Module Content

Topics covered:
Environmental problems and sustainable development 
Natural and technological disasters 
Nature and natural environments 
Consumer behaviour 
Environmental risk perception 
Environmental attitudes and behaviour 
Behaviour change 
Energy use, waste and transportation

Methods of Teaching/Learning
A combination of lectures, question and answer sessions and workshops.
Selected Texts/Journals

Gardner, T and Stern, P. (2002). Environmental problems and Human Behavior. Boston: Pearson, Custom Publishing.

Jackson, T. (2005) Motivating Sustainable Consumption: a review of the evidence on consumer behaviour and behavioural change.  A report to the Sustainable Development Research Network. London: Policy Studies Institute.

Schmuck, P. & Schultz, W.P. (2003). Psychology of Sustainable Development. London: Kluwer.

Journal of Environmental Psychology
Environment and Behavior

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