Psychology in the service of sustanability

Advanced Bachelor's / Master's degree course
Project A1-2

 

Project A1-2

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Rainer Greifeneder
University of Basel
Department of Psychology, Division of Social Psychology

Involved universities:
University of Basel

Duration:
1.9.2013 - 31.8.2016

Lay summary:
The project aims to initiate, support, and sustain eco-friendly behaviour by means of psychological knowledge. Although research is needed to further advance technological progress, nowadays there is no shortage in eco-friendly options for individuals, institutions, and even countries to pursue (e.g. intelligent energy and water consumption; waste reduction; eco-friendly transportation means; etc.). However, the last ten years have witnessed that the mere availability of "green options" is often not enough; even highly efficient green ideas, technologies, and new programs fail, because individual citizens do not choose to use them. With green options available, perhaps the most critical leverage for a green future is knowledge to spark and catalyse changes on the micro-level. We believe that psychology as a discipline is best equipped to fill this gap, because it can draw on long-standing research lines addressing critical steps towards behavioural change, including — but not limited to — the formation of attitudes, social norms, the role of incentives, social dilemmas, successful intervention strategies, self-regulation, or basic needs. The present project strives for putting this psychological knowledge to practice. Specifically, the project's main goal is to develop, implement, and evaluate a new teaching module for initiating, supporting, and sustaining eco-friendly behaviour on the level of the individual citizen. By using up-to-date teaching methodologies such as problem oriented learning or service learning, and by borrowing from intervention strategies in psychotherapy, the teaching module does not stop at instructing students; rather, it aims at qualifying and enabling students to make changes happen, and at initiating positive changes via practical project work.

Keywords:
University of Basel
advanced bachelor/master course
psychology
eco-friendly behaviour

Website:
Seminar "Psychologie im Dienste der Nachhaltigkeit"


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RadioX (left), Quartier (right)
 
Long-standing research lines in psychology addressing critical steps towards behavioural change, including — but not limited to — the formation of attitudes, social norms, the role of incentives, social dilemmas, successful intervention strategies, self-regulation, or basic needs build the basis of the course. The collaboration between the social psychology and the clinical psychology and psychotherapy departments allows approaching the issue in an encompassing way.

The course uses innovative teaching methodologies – such as problem oriented learning and service learning – and borrows from intervention strategies in psychotherapy. It not only instructs students but also qualifies and enables them to initiate positive changes in practical project work they conduct on their own. While in the first semester knowledge is acquired by means of practical case studies, in the second semester the focus is on such transdisciplinary projects to apply and pass on the knowledge to citizens outside of the university.

“Psychology in the service of sustainability” has been very popular, attracting students from various fields and programmes. In addition to its multi-perspective approach and excellent innovative pedagogical concept, its development took great advantage of repeated delivering, evaluating and improving cycles.

Website
Seminar "Psychologie im Dienste der Nachhaltigkeit"

 
Project leaders
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Greifeneder
    Department of Psychology, Division of Social Psychology, University of Basel
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Gaab
    Department of Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Basel
 
Addressed Sustainable Development Goal
Responsible Consumption and Production:
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
 
Duration
1.9.2013 - 31.8.2016


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