PSYC341-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Environmental Psychology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


Theories and principles from across psychology are presented to explain the causes of environmentally destructive behaviour, and generate solutions for a sustainable future. This course will teach you principles of behaviour change, and how you can apply them in your home, workplace, and community. PSYC341 is designed to be practical and engaging. It includes weekly online exercises and discussions, and an applied behaviour change project.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe how psychological theory and methods can be used to explain and help solve environmental problems;
  • Reflect on and articulate personal views around the underlying causes of environmental problems and how psychology can be applied to solve them;
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of the major psychological approaches for addressing environmental problems; and
  • Design a behavioural intervention to solve an environmental problem using principles from the course.


Any 120 points at 100 level from any subject.

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Claudia Schneider


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly activities 5% Weekly activities
Weekly quizzes 5% Weekly quizzes
Written assignment 30% Written assignment
Test #1 30% Test #1
Test 2 30% Test 2

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Scott, Britain A. et al; Psychology for sustainability ; Fifth edition; Routledge, 2021 (Engagement with the textbook is mandatory, and its content is examinable. Electronic copies are available to read and download (by chapter) via the UC library).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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