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Environmental Perception and Experience

The course deals with principles of how the environment and its components are perceived and experienced. What sensations do we experience while moving through a landscape? How do we interpret them and how do they affect the way we approach the environment and adapt to it? The course introduces and elaborates on fundamental principles on human perception and appraisal of the environment, and deals with the perception and experience of textural and structural patterns, affordances, soundscapes and other fundamental properties of the outdoor environment. Theoretical studies are combined with practical exercises.

Course evaluation

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MP0005-10013 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for MP0005

Academic year 2023/2024

Environmental Perception and Experience (MP0005-10214)

2023-08-28 - 2024-01-14

Academic year 2021/2022

Environmental Perception and Experience (MP0005-10291)

2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Environmental Perception and Experience (MP0005) – Literature

All compulsory literature will be available either as direct downloads or as links from our digital platform Canvas. If you want the actual physical books, they can normally be bought through online bookstores, although new copies (hardcover or e-book) of Gifford’s book are probably only available directly from the publisher:

**Compulsory Literature **

Gifford, R. (2014). Environmental Psychology: principles and practice, 5th ed. Chapters 1–3

Mather, G. (2011). Essentials of sensation and perception. E-book

Steg, L., Berg, A. E. van den., & De Groot, J. I. M. (2012). Environmental psychology : an introduction. Wiley-Blackwell. Chapters 4 and 6. E-book

Ode, Å., Hagerhall, C. M., & Sang, N. (2010). Analysing visual landscape complexity: Theory and application. Landscape Research, 35(1), 111–131.

Tveit, M. S., & Sang, A. O. (2014). Landscape assessment in metropolitan areas – developing a visual indicator-based approach. Spool, 1(1), 301–316.

Tveit, M., Ode, Å., & Fry, G. (2006). Key concepts in a framework for analysing visual landscape character. Landscape Research, 31(3), 229–255.

Stoltz, J. (2019). Perceived Sensory Dimensions - A Human-Centred Approach to Environmental Planning and Design. (Above all the Discussion section on PSDs).


Stoltz, J, Grahn, P. (2021a). Perceived Sensory Dimensions: An Evidence-based Approach to Greenspace Aesthetics. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 126989

Additional Journal Articles
Additionally, scientific journal papers will be used in course assignments in the second half of the course. These will be announced later and will all be available via the SLU library or through the online digital platform Canvas.

**Notes on Availability
**Access to e-books, articles from scientific journals and some search engines normally require a connection through the SLU domain ( This can be achieved either directly at the SLU campuses or indirectly (e.g. at home) via VPN. Instructions on how to connect to the SLU network through VPN can be found here:

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Environmental Psychology Environmental Psychology
Course code: MP0005 Application code: SLU-10013 Location: Location independent Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 50%