Environmental Psychological Analysis of Built, Natural and Virtual Spaces



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

This is the environmental psychology module’s foundation course. The course is designed to provide an overview and raise awareness of environmental psychological processes in basic environment types. We interpret space and object use in a transactional way, in the relationship between people and the environment. Thus, we analyse built, natural and virtual environmental situations taking place people's psychological processes and their interactions. Also, how these affect the formation of the environment. According to the environmental psychological view/approach the psychological and environmental processes both receive the same emphasis in analyses. Based on the relationship of psychology and related disciplines (architecture, landscape planning, design, interior design) the course will provide theoretical and practical knowledge of both the human as well as the environmental aspects so as to increase peopleenvironment fit.

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