Introductory course in environmental psychology

Affiliation: University of California, Irvine
Lecturer: Professor Dan Stokols
Assignments: No
Fee: No
Platform: Itunes U (Windows user can access through Itunes)
Link:  Environmental Psychology – PPD151 / PSYBEH171S / PUBHLTH151 

How are people affected by overcrowding, traffic congestion, and noise? Why do people litter or vandalize their environments? How do buildings affect their occupants? Does the architectural design of apartment buildings influence patterns of neighbouring and friendship formation? Why do people consume scarce environmental resources? Can residential, work, and neighbourhood settings be designed to reduce stress, increase productivity, and promote physical activity? These are some of the questions that have concerned environmental psychologists.
Environmental psychology is the study of human behaviour and well-being in relation to the large-scale, sociophysical environment. The term, large-scale environment, refers to places such as homes, offices, neighbourhoods, and whole communities. These places can be described in terms of several physical and social dimensions, including their geographical location, architectural design, membership and social organization. The term, sociophysical environment, reflects the assumption that the physical and social dimensions of places are closely intertwined. The architectural design of a housing complex, for example, can exert a subtle but substantial impact on the friendship patterns that develop among residents. This course emphasizes the interdependence between physical and social aspects of places, rather than viewing these dimensions as separate and isolated.
This course is offered by the School of Social Ecology and cross-listed with the Program in Public Health.
  1. Introduction to environmental psychology and course overview.
  2. Applying principles of environmental psychology to the analysis and resolution of community problems.
  3. Historical origins and Major assumptions of ecological paradigm.
  4. Principles of system theory, physiological and psychological stress
  5. Environment cognition
  6. Environment and personality
  7. Environment and Evaluation
  8. Human Spatial Behaviour
  9. Promoting Environmentally Protective behaviour
  10. Responding to the environment
  11. The influence of environmental design on social interaction
  12. Applying environmental psychology principles to Urban Design
  13. Design guidelines for home, offices, classroom and hospitals.
  14. Design guidelines for residential neighbourhoods and planned communities.
  15. Natural environment and restorative settings.
  16. Virtual environment – The environment psychology of the internet
  17. Social structural approach to the environmental change
  18. Evaluating environmental intervention.

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