PSYC408-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


Special Topic

Special Topic: Environmental Psychology

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. PSYC408 is designed to be practical and engaging. It includes weekly lectures, readings, and activities, and an applied behaviour change project.

PSYC408 is a Special Topic co-coded with PSYC341 Environmental Psychology.

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.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable Note

Lecture times and location (as per PSYC341-22S2 (C) page)

Course Coordinator

Nicky Morton


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly Activities 5% x5 @ 1% each
Written Assignment 35% Report on behavioural change project; ~2500 words
Test #1 30% 1.5 hours open book; multi-choice and short answer
Test #2 30% 1.5 hours open book; multi-choice and short answer

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,051.00

* 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.

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

All PSYC408 Occurrences

  • PSYC408-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022