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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.