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PSY511 : Environmental Psychology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course of environmental psychology identifies the need to adopt a problem-oriented approach. Environmental psychology addresses environmental problems such as density and crowding, noise pollution, sub-standard living, different institutional designs and urban blight and decay. We all can well understand the need of such subject in Pakistan, as no one is unaware of the rapidly growing cities and consequently increasing number of pertinent problems like Lahore, Karachi etc. all such issues call for an intense need and attention to environmental issues that are taking huge tax from our lives. How human interact with environment is the pivotal consideration for environmental psychology. How the interplay between human and environment is reshaping the Earth and what psychological principals can be used to save the environment is the focus of this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand that how human behavior and attitudes can impact the surroundings and environment.
  • Develop some insights about the immense effects of environment on human life, the negative impacts of the environment that is actually shaped by the inhabitants of that environment.
  • Gain knowledge that how cities develop and what can be the issues of overly crowded places.
  • Understand that how our environment related behaviors are formulated.
  • Understand the crucial necessity to protect our environment and change faulty behaviours and attitudes those are harming our environment.
  • Develop a vision about how to apply psychology to preserve the environment.

Course Calendar

What is Environmental Psychology?1Handouts1-3
Common assumptions of environmental psychology2Handouts4-6
Theories in Environmental Psychology3Handouts7-8
Arousal Theories4Handouts9-11
Stimulus Load, Behavioral Constraint, and Adaptation Level Theories5Handouts12-14
Environmental Stress Theories ( Ecological Theories)6Handouts15-17
The Present Framework and Future Directions in Environmental Psychology (I)7Handouts18-19
Assignment No.01
The Present Framework Of Environmental Psychology (II)8Handouts20-24
Elementary Psychophysics9Handouts25-27
Perception and its Cognitive Basses10Handouts28-29
Probabilistic Functionalism and Environmental Cognition11Handouts30-31
Responses to Novel Environments and Environmental Cognition12Handouts32-33
Characteristics of Cognitive Maps13Handouts34-37
Environmental Evaluation14Handouts38-39
Quiz No. 01
Environmental Evaluation (Affective Bases of Environmental Evaluation)15Handouts40-41
Environmental Attitudes16Handouts42-43
Assignment No.02
Environmental Attitude Formation17Handouts44-45
Social Bases of Attitudes18Handouts46-47
Impact of Environment on Individual (Personality Development and Individual Differences)19Handouts48-50
Murray’s Theory of Personality Development and Interactionist Perspective20Handouts51-54
Environmental Changes and Stress21Handouts55-56
Stress As Cause and Effect22Handouts57-60
Mid Term Exams
Physiology of stress23Handouts61-62
General adaptation syndrome24Handouts63-65
Researching stress: the environmental context25Handouts66-70
Measuring stressors26Handouts71-73
Measuring stress: psychological assessment27Handouts74-76
Environmental and cultural variances (conformity)28Handouts77-79
Assignment No.03
Attributing behavior to persons and situations29Handouts80-81
The study of culture30Handouts82-83
Population and environment31Handouts84-85
Impact of environment in its incumbents32Handouts86-87
Problems related to crowding34Handouts91-92
Impact of population (Concentrations among humans)35Handouts93-95
Graded Discussion Board 01
Crowding & density human experimental studies36Handouts96-98
Crowding in everyday settings37Handouts99-100
The built environment and human adjustment38Handouts101-105
Quiz No.02
Education environments40Handouts108-110
Situational design reconsidered & queuing theory41Handouts111-114
Quiz No.03
Energy use in homes and commercial buildings42Handouts115-117
Strategies for saving energy43Handouts118-127
Further plans – cities and global interaction in reference to issues studied44Handouts128-130
Quiz No.04
Summing up environmental psychology45Handouts131-132
Final Term Exams
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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