PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Code
98200
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 10715 DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRITORIES AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISMS (LM-80) SAVONA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 9916 ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (L-32) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 10589 CONSERVAZIONE E GESTIONE DELLA NATURA (LM-60) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-PSI/05
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
SAVONA (DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRITORIES AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISMS)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Environmental psychology is the branch of psychology that has developed since the 1950s with the aim of studying the psychological and behavioral processes of people in relation to the characteristics of the environment. Recently, a field of studies called Environmental Psychology of Sustainable Development (or Environmental Sustainability Psychology) has been developed, which underlines with the terms sustainable development and sustainability the type of contents and thematic interests.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course focuses on the individual-environment relationship in a psychosocial perspective and through the environmental psychology. The environmental psychology aims to study the psychological processes, human behavior and people’s well-being in relation with physical and socio-physical environmental features. The human dimension of the environmental processes stimulated scholars to fully analyze and comprehend the psychological processes involved in ecosystem phenomena, with a special focus on the cognitive, affective and motivational dimension. Throughout the course, the most important topics of the environmental psychology will be analyzed by referring to the recent field of research called environmental psychology of the sustainability, which aims to examine in depth topics and thematic interests tightly linked with projects of sustainable development and with the promotion of places, area and local communities through a sustainable lens. The course intends to enhance students’ knowledges about theoretical foundations, methods and techniques that characterize the environmental psychology and sustainable development. The enactment of these knowledges will be especially functional to achieve an optimal environmental management, organization and planning.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course intends to deepen and investigate the main themes of environmental psychology and sustainability. In the light of the most important theoretical contributions in the literature, the salient aspects of the individual-environment relationship will be analyzed in order to understand their resources and potential. Furthermore, the course aims to provide skills both for the understanding of the main psychological processes that guide human behaviors for the sustainable use of natural resources, and for the activation of knowledge for environmental management and planning.

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • know and identify the main constructs in the study of environmental psychology and sustainability,
  • critically analyze ecological behavior and identify possible investigation strategies
  • analyze the main psychocological-social models used in the study of ecological behavior
  • identify possible psychological determinants of ecological behavior
  • design an intervention track to promote behaviors and projects in the field of environmental sustainability

TEACHING METHODS

Based on the provisions of the University and the Department related to health emergency, the lessons colud take place remotely on Teams Platform.

The course will alternate lectures with working groups. Group activities can be also arranged to promote active learning. 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course is divided into two parts: the first deals with the theoretical foundations and the main constructs for the study and research in the field of environmental psychology of sustainability; the second examines the main processes involved in the analysis and planning of the promotion of behaviors and responses relevant to the sustainable use of natural resources present in living environments.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Books:

Steg L., Van Den Berg, A. & De Groot, J. (2013). Enviromental Psychology: An Introduction. Blackwell Publishing

Bonnes M., Carrus G., & Passafaro P. (a cura di) (2006). Psicologia ambientale, sostenibilità e comportamenti ecologici. Carocci, Roma.

Two scientific papers or book chapters selected by the students among these ones:

Bonnes, M. (2005). Dalla psicologia del turismo alla psicologia ambientale dell'eco-turismo, passando per la sostenibilità e la bio-diversità. In G. Sangiorgi (a cura di ), Turista e turismi. Contributi psicologici allo sviluppo del settore (pp. 209-229). Cagliari: CUEC .

Nenci A.M. (2005). Ambienti turistici e benessere. Le possibilità rigenerative dei luoghi. In G. Sangiorgi (a cura di), Turista e turismi. Contributi psicologici allo sviluppo del settore (pp. 31-42). Cagliari: CUEC.

Clayton S.D. (2012) The oxford Handbook of Enviromnetal and conservation psychology, Oxford Handbooks Online.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: On Tuesday, by appointment,  temporarily via skype (laura.migliorini68) E-mail: laura.migliorini@unige.it

Exam Board

LAURA MIGLIORINI (President)

GUIDO FRANCO AMORETTI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Based on the provisions of the University and the Department related to health emergency, the lessons colud take place remotely on Teams Platform.

The course will alternate lectures with working groups. Group activities can be also arranged to promote active learning. 

LESSONS START

October 7, 2021

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The knowledge acquired will be assessed through an oral exam on the contents of the program. Through this mode, we will verify the theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired by the student, the critical look in relation to the main constructs addressed and the ability to translate them in the contexts.

For attending students there is the possibility to design an intervention, according to the modalities presented in class, in the 'environmental psychology of sustainable development, which will be the subject of the oral exam.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The students during the oral exam will be able to demonstrate to possess adequate knowledge of the main theories and constructs in the field of environmental psychology of sustainability and to be able to apply the knowledge acquired for the realization of interventions.  Students can demonstrate the acquisition of the technical language typical of the discipline to be able to communicate clearly with interlocutors specialists and non-specialists.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
13/01/2022 10:00 SAVONA Orale
13/01/2022 12:00 SAVONA registrazione
27/01/2022 10:00 SAVONA Orale
27/01/2022 12:00 SAVONA registrazione
10/02/2022 10:00 SAVONA Orale
10/02/2022 12:00 SAVONA registrazione
30/05/2022 10:00 SAVONA Orale
30/05/2022 12:00 SAVONA registrazione
16/06/2022 10:00 SAVONA Orale
16/06/2022 12:00 SAVONA registrazione
30/06/2022 10:00 SAVONA Orale
30/06/2022 12:00 SAVONA registrazione
14/07/2022 10:00 SAVONA Orale
14/07/2022 12:00 SAVONA registrazione
15/09/2022 10:00 SAVONA Orale
15/09/2022 12:00 SAVONA registrazione

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students with DSA certification, disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the objectives of the course, take into account individual learning patterns and provide appropriate compensatory tools.