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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.

This year’s course is online based (via Zoom and Canvas), due to covid-19 restrictions.

The course consists of four main blocks including a number of compulsory online elements:

August 30 - September 1, 2021
September 29 - October 1
November 17 - 19
December 20 - 22

(For more details see schedule)

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Academic year 2021/2022

Environmental Perception and Experience (MP0005-M1291) 2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16

MP0005 Environmental Perception and Experience, 15.0 Credits

Miljöperception och upplevelse

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Environmental Psychology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits and English 6


The aim of the course is to provide the students with an introduction to environmental psychology, including the effect of the environment on people as well as how people affect the environment, and knowledge on theories of environmental perception. Environmental perception refers to the subjective ways in which groups and individuals perceive and evaluate the environment, while at the same time being an active part of it. The course deals with all aspects of environmental experiencing, i.e. perception, cognition and appraisal. Focus is on visual perception, soundscapes and the haptic sense. Appropriate research methods are introduced.

After completion of the course, the student will be able to:

• describe and discuss human/environment interactions based on sensory modalities and cognitive processes
• describe and discuss relevant theoretical perspectives and concepts regarding the effects of outdoor environments on people,
• analyse people’s subjective understanding of and interactions with outdoor environments depending on different aspects, for example gender, age, social situation, cultural context, mood, functional abilities, or health,
• analyse outdoor environments regarding physical properties, for example structure, patterns, colour that may affect people’s perception and experience, through the use of different tools.


The course is characterised by studies of effects of and experiences in the outdoor environment. Literature studies and exercises will provide training in the ability to investigate and analyse people’s fundamental perceptions, experience, and preferences in relation to the outdoor environment. Theoretical studies are based on literature in environmental psychology and related disciplines. Students do most of their tasks from a distance, but campus meetings can be arranged. Group exercises, including written and oral presentation, and written individual assignments are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Participation in compulsory elements. Successful completion of individual assignments and group exercises.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is given as a distance course at 50% speed.
Basic skills in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Psychology, Pedagogy, or Environmental Science are recommended.

Responsible department

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0238, MP0004

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
Subject: Environmental Psychology
Course code: MP0005 Application code: SLU-10291 Location: Alnarp Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 50%