Psychology, the Climate Crisis, and Environmental Sustainability

6 ECTS / Semester / English

In this curricular unit, students will:

  • Identify past and current societal challenges for which human environmentally (un)sustainable behaviour can be both a cause and a solution.
  • Learn basic concepts in environmental sustainability and their interrelation with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Learn relevant models, approaches, methods, and techniques from the scientific area of Environmental Psychology, to understand environmentally sustainable behaviour and human causes and effects of the climate crisis.
  • Be able to apply Environmental Psychology’s scientific knowledge to understand behaviour and its drivers, in applied areas (e.g., food production and consumption, water & energy use, transportation, extreme weather events, …).
  • Identify psychosocial barriers and drivers for environmental social change at individual, group and societal levels.