Full course description
Many people occasionally engage in undesirable behaviours, such as eating too much junk food, stealing other people’s food, spending too much time lunching at work, or restrain eating out of fear for weight gain. People are often aware of the potentially negative consequences of these behaviours, but knowledge alone rarely motivates behaviour change. During this course you will learn about how to change health behaviour for the better. We will cover questions such as: Why is it so difficult to change our behavior, despite our best intentions? How can we effectively change unwanted, unhealthy, or psychopathological behaviours? We will look at how individual, social, and environmental factors may contribute to behaviour change.
- You can name and describe various psychological theories of behaviour and motivation.
- You can explain and argue how different theories can be applied to change people’s behaviour.
- You can compare and contrast the main theories and ideas regarding behaviour change.
- You can apply theories and ideas to understand behaviour across different domains.
The relevant literature references will be provided through KeyLinks, and are listed in the syllabus