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PY2109 - Environmental Psychology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

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.
Assumed
Knowledge:
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
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PY2086

Availabilities

JCU Singapore, Study Period 51, Internal
Census Date 09-Apr-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Kerry McBain
Lecturers: Dr Denise Dillon, Dr Patrick Lin.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (40%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Internal
Census Date 26-Nov-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Kerry McBain
Lecturers: Dr Denise Dillon, Dr Patrick Lin, Mr Kirby Chua.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Kerry McBain.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (40%).

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