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PY2109 - Environmental Psychology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject examines the behavioural implications of natural and human-made and modified settings. It is an interdisciplinary, but essentially psychological synthesis of those theoretical and research streams variously labelled ecological psychology, human ecology, environmental perception/cognition, proxemics and behavioural design and it borrows substantially from human biology, human geography, spatial and urban anthropology and the design professions. Subject areas covered include a brief evolutionary perspective, physical environmental factors (such as temperature, information load, periodicity and pollution), personal space and territoriality, human isolation and crowding, human factors research, stress, natural disasters perception and response, environmental design, vernacular architecture and cross-cultural comparisons, urban settings, environmental impact assessment and evolution and general theoretical and methodological considerations.

Learning Outcomes

  • a critical appreciation of why and how environmental psychology has developed as an interdisciplinary and applied area of psychology;
  • a good understanding of the diverse theoretical and research literature that informs environmental psychology;
  • a good understanding of the history, nature, theory and methods of environmental psychology;
  • integrate a practical and informed understanding of natural and human made and modified settings with the students existing psychological knowledge base.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Kerry McBain.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (40%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr Kerry McBain
Lecturers: Dr Denise Dillon, Dr Patrick Lin.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (70%); assignments (30%).

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