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Introduction to Psychology and Sustainability (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Johann Majer

wöchentlich | Freitag | 10:15 - 11:45 | 21.10.2022 - 11.11.2022 | C 16.204 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Sa, 26.11.2022, 09:00 - Sa, 26.11.2022, 17:00 | C 16.204 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Sa, 14.01.2023, 09:00 - Sa, 14.01.2023, 17:00 | C 16.204 Seminarraum | .

Inhalt: The introductory module addresses fundamental sustainability problems and questions regarding the ecological, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable behaviour. In an interdisciplinary fashion, key concepts of sustainability science are introduced and linked to human behaviour. Vice versa, the psychological perspective is established and linked to fundamental sustainability challenges. Throughout the course different levels of analyses are applied (micro-, meso-, macro-level) and the reciprocal interactions between levels are highlighted. The course offers an overview of psychological theorising and empirical findings that aim to understand, explain, predict, and change human behaviour in the context of sustainability. Psychological barriers towards sustainable behaviour are explored and behaviour change interventions are demonstrated to present important levers. The course addresses behaviour at the three levels of analysis (individual, community, societal level). Exemplary topics range from cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes at the individual level, social dilemmas, intergenerational conflicts, collective action at the community level, and global identities, policy acceptance, political polarization at the societal level. The module aims at enabling students to reflect on theoretical, empirical, as well as applied interventions towards sustainable behaviour. The module teaches a comprehensive understanding of sustainability challenges with a specific focus on the human behaviour dimension.