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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP3049108, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1978, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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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 General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge FRANCESCA PAZZAGLIA M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 PAZZAGLIA FRANCESCA (Presidente)
DONOLATO ENRICA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MENEGHETTI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
MIRANDOLA CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
MOE' ANGELICA (Membro Effettivo)
STABLUM FRANCA (Membro Effettivo)
TOFFALINI ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 PAZZAGLIA FRANCESCA (Presidente)
DONOLATO ENRICA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MENEGHETTI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
MIRANDOLA CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
MOE' ANGELICA (Membro Effettivo)
STABLUM FRANCA (Membro Effettivo)
TOFFALINI ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: knowledge of the main models of perception, memory, mental models, emotions and interpersonal relationships (please, see as an example: Atkinson & Hilgard (2017). Introduzione alla Psicologia, Piccin; chapters 5, 7, 8, 11, 18).
Target skills and knowledge: The course makes students able to:
- describe methods and the main theoretical models within the EP, and individuate strengths, limits and potential developments, phenomena explained and those still to explain;
- apply the theoretical models learned and the evaluation and intervention tools to different environmental contexts (work, school, leisure) with the aim of improving legibility, navigability, restoration, etc .;
- understand complexity of real environments and be autonomous in choosing the best intervention in reference to literature, contextual limits and user needs;
interact with different professionals (architects, security experts, educators, administrators, etc.) and use an appropriate language to promote mutual understanding and professional collaboration.
- build evaluation and intervention instruments and update knowledge through a constant and appropriate consultation of the literature
Examination methods: The exam is written. It consists of four open questions that, respectively, require students to critically summarize one of the topics in the program and to give examples of potential applications.Indications and examples are given during classes and published on Moodle platform.
Assessment criteria: Each of the four questions is scored from 0 to 8. The final grade is the sum of the individual scores. The score 30 cum laude is awarded when the the final score is above 30.
The assessment is based on: comprehension of the topics (theories, methods,instruments), order and coherence of the script, critical observations and identification of potential applications.
Course unit contents: Perception and representation of natural and built environments; landscape aesthetics; cognitive components of architectural design; emotion and environment, characteristics of the restorative environments; environmental stressors; how to promote ecological behaviors.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The lessons present theoretical models and instruments for the assessment and intervention. Experimental situations and laboratory activities are presented, with the possibility of participating in experiments. Application examples are proposed during the course, and experienced professionals are invited. The active participation of students in the development of projects on specific themes is required.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides presented during lessons are available in the Moodle platform. The slides help the comprehension of the texts, which provide the contents tested during the exam.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Maria Rosa Baroni, Psicologia ambientale. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Marco Costa, Psicologia ambientale e architettonica. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Working in group
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action