Cancelled Elective course - Nature and Psychology

Course content

What do we know about how nature influences our psyche? This class is designed to work as an introduction to this area of research.

To give a broad and representative overview we will be looking at empirical research and theories from natural science, humanities, and social science. We will be asking the question, what is nature?

Therefore, the exam will be an opportunity to explore a specific area within the broad field of nature and psychology.

Theme 1)
Natural science: we will be looking at 1) evolutionary psychology and biophilia 2) the Connectedness to Nature Scale 3) Nature and Cognition.

Theme 2)
Humanities: we will be looking at 1) Arne Næss’ deep ecology 2) Getnot Böhme Weather phenomenology 3) prof. Annette Bischoff will be a guest lecturer. Her expertise is qualitative studies on experiences in nature.

Theme 3)
Social science: we will look at 1) Preben Bertelsen’s life skills (to create a bridge between nature and psychological practice 2) Margarete Archer’s agency theory 3) Hartmut Rosa’s concept of resonance in nature and how nature fits in critical theory.

Theme 4)
We will look at the concept of biophobia, to get a critical take on what we have learned.

Theme 5)
We will also be going on excursions and in this regard we will talk about clinical effects of nature interventions.

Learning outcome

Course Learning Objectives

The purpose of these modules is to expand knowledge or put the psychological subject area into perspective through theoretical or empirical specialisation within subject areas within or related to psychology. Upon completion of the elective subject module within the Department of Psychology, students are able to:

  • describe and account for relevant concepts and themes within the elective subject
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to the subject matter for the elective subject
  • explain contexts, analyse and/or conduct procedures relevant to the elective subject under supervision.


Not relevant
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Set assignment with options prepared at beginning of the course submitted in Digital Eksamen according to the exam schedule.
The exam paper can be written in groups of maximum 3 students.
1 student max 12 pages, 2 students max 15 pages and 3 students max 18 pages
Exam registration requirements

For all elective subjects, a minimum of 75% of alle classes must be attended as a prerequisite for submitting the final exam. However, the teaching is based on full participation.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

se eksamensplanen

Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

14 weeks, starts week 6
About 30 students per class, 15 Bachelor and 15 Master students
Department of Psychology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Psychology
  • Social Data Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Rebekka Louisa Drude Andersen   (16-766966696f6f653265726869767769724474777d326f7932686f)
Saved on the 06-12-2023

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