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Human Behaviour and Environment (ENST20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeENST20001
Semester 1
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This subject explores psychological and social dimensions of environmental sustainability and landscape and ecosystem management. The subject examines the ways humans experience, interact and behave in the physical environment. This is done by exploring psycho-social dimensions of human-environment interactions examining frameworks for understanding landscape perception and environmentally significant behaviour. Topics include: psychological bases for environmental values, aesthetics and preference management and design implications of how humans experience a range of environments; understanding environmental concern and environmentally significant action and strategies for encouraging environmentally sustainable behaviours.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe factors that influence the ways people value the environment.
  • Discuss design and management implications of human experience for urban, rural and natural ecosystems and landscapes.
  • Analyse factors that contribute to public support and opposition to environmental practice and policy.
  • Analyse factors that encourage or discourage environmentally sustainable behaviour.
  • Design appropriate strategies for encouraging pro-environment behaviour.

Generic skills

This course encompasses particular generic skills. On completion of the course students should have:

  • Moderate capacity to interpret and apply information from a range of sources to better understand human behaviour.
  • High level written communication.
  • Basic skills in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Moderate level ability to synthesise data with other information.
  • Moderate level ability to apply theory to practice.

Last updated: 11 August 2018