People and Planet: Psychology and Climate Change (C8834)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module addresses our understanding of people’s action and inaction in the face of one dominant environmental issue: climate change. Topics covered include people’s motives for wanting to protect and promote the natural environment, why they might or might not engage in ‘pro-environmental’ behaviours, temporal discounting, moral distance, moral reasoning, affective processes, individual and collective efficacy, the problem of social dilemmas and the effectiveness of individual and structural interventions designed to promote pro-environmental attitudes, actions and outcomes. A major goal is to arrive at a critical and informed assessment of how much psychology has to offer to this broad - but pressing – social and environmental issue.


50%: Practical (Workshop)
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.