To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of transactions and interrelationship between people and their physical setting. Specifically, it will explore how human cognition, perceptions, cultures, attitudes, emotional needs and behaviour both affect and are affected by their environment and social context.
On completion of the unit the student should be able to:
* Devise facilitative techniques for encouraging environmentally sustainable behaviour, creativity and social synergy;
* Apply psychological theories to current environmental issues and practices;
* Understand and discuss the context-dependence of human perceptions, attitudes and behaviour;
* Devise solutions to alleviate sources of human conflict, fear and stress in diverse rural and urban environmental contexts.
* Comprehension and awareness of interrelationship between people and environment; problem solving (T, F, A)
* Listening and communicating orally, in writing and non-verbally (F)
* Sourcing information and opinion (F, A)
* Report writing (A)
* Communicating effectively to a variety of audiences (F, A).
This unit makes reference to:
* Remit and history of environmental psychology
* Environmental perception, cognition and attitude
* Sources of conflict, fear and stress and their relationship to environmental issues and problems
* Environmental stress and coping strategies
* Concept and empathic 'sense' of community, belonging and social interactions
* Green space provision and management
* Influence of spatial and temporal scale on relationship between environment and behaviour
* Design, modification and management of environments
* Facilitation of environmentally and socially appropriate creative human behaviour.