PSYC315 Environmental Psychology: How to Tame an Ecological Serial Killer

Updated: 17 June 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PSYC515
Notes None
Combined Units PSYC515 - Environmental Psychology: How to Tame an Ecological Serial Killer
Coordinator(s) Keri Phillips (
Unit Description

Are homo sapiens ecological serial killers? We will evaluate the evidence for and against the argument that we are arrogant mammals leaving nothing but carnage in our wake. Theories and principles from across psychology are presented to explain the causes of environmentally destructive behaviour, and generate solutions for a sustainable future. This unit will teach you principles of behaviour change, and how you can apply them in your career, community and home. Our highly engaging format encourages discussion, problem solving and practical application.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Psychology for Sustainability

ISBN: 9781848725805
Scott, B.A., Amel, E.L., Koger, S.M. and Manning, C.M., Psychology Press 4th ed. 2015

Note: An eBook is also available.

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Major Project 30% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Mid trimester Quiz 16% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Online Activities 9% 1000
Assessment Notes

Bulletin Board postings

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Online Chapter Quizzes 5% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate well developed knowledge of how psychological theory and methods can be used to evaluate and help solve environmental problems;
  2. further refine critical thinking skills to complete structured assessment tasks;
  3. examine and formulate personal views around the underlying causes of environmental problems and how psychology can be applied to solve them;
  4. recognise and describe the strengths and limitations of the major psychological approaches for addressing environmental problems; and
  5. independently design an intervention for an environmental problem using selected psychological principles, and communicate this to others.