Environmental Psychology

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Environmental psychology focuses on the relation between individuals and their physical environment. This includes (but is not limited to) the study of human behavior that interacts with the natural environment. For example, humans play an essential role in both producing and potentially mitigating climate change.

The course gives an introduction to theory, research, and methods in the study of human perception and behavior in the field of environmental psychology. It focuses on approaches within psychology that study information processing, judgment and appraisal processes, behavior, and communication.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student knows ...

  • Key concepts in the field of environmental psychology.
  • Major theories dealing with human-environment relations.
  • Research designs and methods applied to study human-environment relations.


The student can ...

  • Reflect upon and evaluate research questions in this topic area.
  • Reflect upon and evaluate research designs and methods in this topic area.
  • Analyze environmental issues with relevant concepts and theories from psychology.
  • Communicate research from the field of environmental psychology.

General competence

The student can ...

  • Search, structure, and reflect upon scientific literature in this topic area.
  • Participate in discussions dealing with human-environment relations.
  • Present research findings on human-environment relations to an academic audience.
  • Explain central issues, knowledge and methods within the topic area independently, without aids.



ECTS Credits


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Subject Overlap
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open to everyone admitted as a student at the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods

The course consists of a mix of teaching methods that complement each other. Traditional lecture-style teaching is accompanied by other teaching methods that allow group-based learning on specific topics. Specifically, the course will consist of:

  • Lectures and seminars based on recommended readings.
  • Group assignment in which the students will work together on a sub-topic of the course. Students will present their group work as part of the seminar.
  • Plenary discussions following the presentation of the group assignment.
  • Individual independent preparation of the course materials and of the group assignment.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Presentation of a group assignment.
Forms of Assessment
A 4 hour written exam will be given at the end of the course. The students are expected to answer 4 out of 6 presented questions concerning topics covered by the lectures. The students have to answer all 4 questions sufficiently to pass the exam.
Grading Scale
Assessment Semester
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology's routine for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen's Quality Assurance System.
Examination Support Material
Course Coordinator
Department of Psychosocial Science
Department of Psychosocial Science