PSYC408-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Special Topic: Advanced Topics in Environmental Psychology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Special Topic: Advanced Topics in 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 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.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

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 ; 5th edition ; Routledge, 2021.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,079.00

* 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

  • PSYC408-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023