Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Optional for: W4. Course coordinator: Associate professor Maria Johansson,, Inst för arkitektur och byggd miljö. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Written report, 80% attendance at lectures and seminars. Home page:

A sustainable environment includes environmental, economical and social dimensions. The full potential of advancements in the technical development will not be expressed in the efforts to achieve a sustainable development if people are not prepared to accept the technology. Human values, norms, attitudes, habits and behaviour will thereby influence the possibilities to reach a sustainable development. The field of environmental psychology has knowledge about human factors that may facilitate respectively hinder the introduction of pro-environmental technology and design. The course will focus upon social aspects of a sustainable development. The aims of the course are to describe social hinders to technology and design, and to present strategies that may increase people’s concern for the environment and acceptance of innovations that support sustainable development.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

“Environmental conservation psychology” focuses upon the social aspect of sustainable development. The course covers social-psychological factors behind individual person’s pro-environmental behaviour, human behaviour when facing limited resources, strategies to promote pro-environmental behaviour and methods to evaluate these strategies. The course includes lectures, literature studies and a series of three group exercises. The lectures describe the theories and gives examples from current research. The literature deepens the theoretical background. The exercises show the practical relevancy of theory and provide empirical experience of methods. The exercises are carried out in groups, and discussed at seminars. The exercises are also reported as an individually written as a report by the end of the course. This report will be the main ground for examination. The report shall cover information from literature, lecture and the empirical work.

Gardner, G.T. & Stern, P.C. (2002). Environmental problems and human behavior. Boston, Mass: Pearson Custom