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School of Psychology
COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSP4064930, A.A. 2014/15

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2014)
PS1735, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2014/15
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ANNE MAASS M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2015
End of activities 05/06/2015
Show course schedule 2017/18 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MAASS ANNE (Presidente)
CADINU MARIA ROSARIA (Membro Effettivo)
KIESNER JEFFREY WADE (Membro Effettivo)
SUITNER CATERINA (Membro Effettivo)
5 2017 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 CARRARO LUCIANA (Presidente)
CIPOLLETTA SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMMUNER VANDA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2016 bis 01/08/2017 30/09/2017 CARRARO LUCIANA (Presidente)
CADINU MARIA ROSARIA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2016 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 MAASS ANNE (Presidente)
BETTINSOLI MARIA LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
CADINU MARIA ROSARIA (Membro Effettivo)
GALDI SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
SUITNER CATERINA (Membro Effettivo)
TOGNAZZO FEDERICA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2015 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 MAASS ANNE (Presidente)
CADINU MARIA ROSARIA (Membro Effettivo)
GALDI SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
SUITNER CATERINA (Membro Effettivo)
TOGNAZZO FEDERICA (Membro Effettivo)
1 2014 01/10/2014 30/09/2015 MAASS ANNE (Presidente)
CADINU MARIA ROSARIA (Membro Effettivo)
SUITNER CATERINA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Good knowledge of English and interest in environmental issues
Target skills and knowledge: There are four learning outcomes for this course. It is expected that the students will acquire knowledge of the topics discussed in class and in the assigned readings; that they will understand the meaning of the research conducted about these topics (e.g., identify the critical points); they will be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to novel situations. All this needs to be done by communicating effectively.
Examination methods: The written exam will combine multiple choice questions with a few open-ended questions.
Assessment criteria: For "non-frequentanti" the final grade will be based on the written exam.

For "frequentanti" the final grade will be based on the final exam (50%), on class participation (10%) and on in-class activities (40%) that will be specified at the beginning of the course.
Course unit contents: How is human behavior affected by the environment? In this course we will address four main areas of environmental psychology. Focusing on environmental cognition, we will first analyze how people process environmental information and how they orient in complex physical environments. We will then examine the powerful effects of architectural and design features (including shape, light, colors, etc.) on people's behavior, thoughts, and wellbeing. In the third part of the course, we will then explore the effects of environmental stress such as noise, heat, pollution, crowding on people's functioning. The last part of the course is dedicated to the question of behavior change, with particular attention to strategies aimed at encouraging pro-environmental behaviors.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal teaching will be combined with two “hands-on” activities of which students may choose one: (a) the presentation and discussion of research articles and (b) the participation in a research lab in which small groups of 3 to 4 students develop and conduct small-scale studies in the area of environmental psychology.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Textbook: Bell et al. “Environmental Psychology” is recommended (two copies will be available in the library and you may find used copies through websites such as Amazon)

Lecture slides and articles used for discussion in class will be made available through the university website.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bell et al., Environmental psychology. --: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2001. 2 copies will be available at Metelli library Cerca nel catalogo