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LD1002 Environmental Psychology and behavior analysis 4.0 credits

Our climate is changing, but how can we change our behaviors? Sustainability requires that individuals and businesses take action to change behaviors and habits that harm the environment. In this course, you will learn a set of psychological strategies for promoting and maintaining sustainable behavior change. You will learn techniques for transforming intentions into actions and how we can educate and encourage those around us to engage in sustainable behaviors.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LD1002 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The course brings up environmental psychology concepts and theories with a focus on strategies that could be implemented to create more sustainable behaviours.
  • Lectures and exercises about consumption behaviour, energy usage behaviour, attitudes, decision making and environmental psychology concepts.
  • Case task with the aim to design an intervention to improve the target group's behaviour with respect to environmental impact.

Intended learning outcomes

1.Understand and explain psychological mechanisms that influence consumption and energy usage behaviour, and other behaviours with environmental impact.

2. Analyse how attitudes, cognition and social context influence decision-making and behaviours connected to sustainable development.

3. Give an account of and discuss sustainable development based on environmental psychology theories and research results.

4. Create strategies to be able to change attitudes, decision making and behaviours that are connected to environmental impact.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entry requirements only

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INLA - Assignment A, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INLB - Assignment B, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Technology and Learning

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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