Place, Activity and Human Development
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Syllabus and other information
MP0001 Place, Activity and Human Development, 15.0 CreditsPlats, aktivitet och individens utveckling
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsMaster’s level (A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 120 credits and English 6
ObjectivesThe aim of the course is to give a psychological understanding of how people´s emotional bonds to specific places evolve during life, with particular focus on home and residential areas.
After completion of the course the student will be able to:
- specify general characteristics of activities taking place in green settings and some psychological principles regulating this behaviour
- give an overview of the general changes that occur in the way a person relates to the outdoor environment during the course of a lifetime
- elaborate on how people develop emotional bonds to specific places and the role of home environment in the formation of identity
- discuss the implications of people having bonds to places for planning and community development.
ContentThe course combines the study of theory on the subject with workshops and assignments to investigate the following topics:
- How people use different places in the outdoor environment and what functions they take on in everyday life. With a focus on opportunities for privacy and rest, as well as possibilities for movement and creative action; in gardens, yards, parks and squares. Important concepts are "creativity", "self-regulation" and "personal space"
- How places take on meaning. We pay attention to how the acquirement of favourite places in childhood can be a precursor to feelings of home in the place of residence. Important concepts are "place attachment", "place identity" and "social cohesion"
- The role of people’s relationships to place following changes in their physical environment , due to moving, redevelopment, natural disasters e t c.
Specifications of assignments are given at course start. A selection of seminars and workshops and presentations of assignments are mandatory.
The course combines mandatory online meetings with tasks carried out independently.
Formats and requirements for examinationParticipation in a selection of workshops/seminars and successful completion of assignments. Passed exam. If a 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 a student has been granted targeted study support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative form of assessment.
If this course is discontinued, SLU will decide on transitional provisions for the examination of students admitted under this syllabus who have not yet been awarded a Pass grade.
For the assessment an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. For more information, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
- 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 informationThe right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course instance which the student has been admitted to 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, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationThe course is given as a distance course, with mandatory online meetings, at 50% speed.
Department of People and Society
Course Literature - Place, Activity and Human Development (MP0001)
There may be some additional literature.
**T****extbook: **Manzo, L. C. & Devine-Wright, P. *(2013). Place attachment: Advances in theory, methods and applications, *Routledge, Oxon. (At the library it is available for 3 users (seven days) and 3 copies at the shelf).
**Block I – Defining place relationships
Giuliani, M. V. (2003). Theory of attachment and place attachment. In M. Bonnes, T. Lee, & M. Bonaiuto (Eds.), *Psychological theories for environmental issues *(pp. 137-170). Adelshot: Ashgate.
Jeffres, L. W., Bracken, C. C., Jian, G., & Casey, M. F. (2009). The impact of third places on community quality of life. Applied research in quality of life, 4(4), 333-345. Chicago
Lewicka, M. (2011). Place attachment: How far have we come in the last 40 years? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31, 207-230. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2010.10.001
Lewicka, M. (2013). Place inherited or place discovered? Agency and communion in people- place bonding. Estudios De Psicologia, 34(3), 261-274.
Manzo, L. C. (2003). Beyond house and haven: toward a revisioning of emotional relationships with places. In Journal of Environmental Psychology, 23(1), 47– 61. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0272-4944(02)00074-9.
Rosenbaum, M. S., Ward, J., Walker, B. A., & Ostrom, A. L. (2007). A cup of coffee with a dash of love: An investigation of commercial social support and third-place attachment. Journal of Service research, 10(1), 43-59. Chicago
Scannell, L., & Gifford, R. (2010). Defining place attachment: A tripartite organizing framework. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30(1), 1-10. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2009.09.006
Scannell, L., & Gifford, R. (2013). The Psychology of Place Attachment. In R. Gifford (Ed.), *Environmental Psychology: Principles and Practice *(Fifth edition ed., pp. 272-295). Victoria: Optimal Books.
Scannell, L., & Gifford, R. (2014). Comparing the theories of interpersonal and place attachment. In *Place attachment: advances in theory, methods and applications *(pp. 23-26).
Seamon, D. (2013). Place attachment and phenomenology: The synergistic dynamism of place. In *Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications *(pp. 11- 22): Taylor and Francis.
Twigger-Ross, C., Bonaiuto, M., & Breakwell, G. (2003). Identity theories and environmental psychology. In M. Bonnes, T. Lee, & M. Bonaiuto (Eds.), *Psychological theories for environmental issues *(pp. 203-233). Aldershot: Ashgate.
William, D. R. (2013). “Beyond the Commodity Metaphor,” Revisited. Some Methodological Reflections on Place Attachment Research. In L. C. Manzo & P. Devine-Wright (Eds.), *Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications *(pp. 178-190). London: Routledge.
**Block II – The making of home across life span
Bartos, A. E. (2013). Children sensing place. Emotion, Space and Society, 9(1), 89-98. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2013.02.008
Bengtsson, A., & Carlsson, G. (2013). Outdoor environments at three nursing homes- qualitative interviews with residents and next of kin. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 12(3), 393-400. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2013.03.008
Childress, H. (2004). Teenagers, Territory and the Appropriation of Space Childhood, 11(2), 195-205. doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568204043056
Chawla, L. (2020). Childhood nature connection and constructive hope: A review of research on connecting with nature and coping with environmental loss. People and Nature, 2(3), 619-642. doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10128
Clark, C., & Uzzell, D. L. (2002). The affordances of the home, neighbourhood, school and town centre for adolescents. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 22(1), 95-108.
Lewicka, M. (2013). In search of roots: Memory as enabler of place attachment. In L. C. Manzo & P. Devine-Wright (Eds.), *Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications *(pp. 49-60). London: Routledge.
Mihaylov, N., & Perkins, D. D. (2013). Community Place Attachment and its Role in Social Capital Development. In L. C. Manzo & P. Devine-Wright (Eds.), *Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications *(pp. 61-74). London: Routledge.
Moore, J. (2000). Placing home in context Journal of Environmental Psychology, 20(3), 207- 217. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jevp.2000.0178
Morgan, P. (2010). Towards a developmental theory of place attachment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30(1), 11-22. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2009.07.001
Nordström, M. (2014). Young People’s Attachment to Place. In E. Edgerton, O. Romaice, & K. Thwaites (Eds.), *Bridging the Boundaries. Human Experience in the Natural and Built Environment and Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice, Advances in People- Environment Studies *(Vol. 5). Boston: Hogrefe Publishing.
Wells, N. M., & Lekies, K. S. (2006). Nature and the Life Course: Pathways from Childhood Nature Experiences to AdultEnvironmentalism. Children, Youth and Environments, 16(1), 1-24. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.16.1.0001
**Block III – Homelessness, place disruption, challenges and renegotiation of bonds
Devine-Wright, P. (2013). Dynamics of Place Attachment in a Climate Changed World. In L. C. Manzo & P. Devine-Wright (Eds.), *Place attachment: Advances in theory, methods and applications *(pp. 165-177). London: Routledge.
Fried, M. (2000). Continuities and discontinuities of place Journal of Environmental Psychology, 20(3), 193-205. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jevp.1999.0154
Gustafson, P. (2014). Place attachment in an age of mobility. In L. C. Manzo & P. Devine- Wright (Eds.), *Place attachment: Advances in theory, methods and applications *(pp. 37-48). London: Routledge.
Manzo, L. C. (2013). Exploring the shadow side: Place attachment in the context of stigma, displacement, and social housing. In L. C. Manzo & P. Devine-Wright (Eds.), *Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications *(pp. 178-190): London: Routledge.
Manzo, L. C., Kleit, R. G., & Couch, D. (2008). "Moving three times is like having your house on fire once": The experience of place and impending displacement among public housing residents. Urban Studies, 45(9), 1855-1878. doi:10.1177/0042098008093381
Nanninga, C. S., Meijering, L., Schönherr, M. C., Postema, K., & Lettinga, A. T. (2015). Place attachment in stroke rehabilitation: A transdisciplinary encounter between cultural geography, environmental psychology and rehabilitation medicine. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(13), 1125-1134. doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.955136
Scannell, L., & Gifford, R. (2017). The experienced psychological benefits of place attachment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51, 256-269. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.04.001
Thompson Fullilove, M. (2013). “The Frayed Knot”. What Happens to Place Attachment in the Context of Serial Forced Displacement? In L. C. Manzo & P. Devine-Wright (Eds.), *Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications *(pp. 141-153). London: Routledge.
Wildish, B., Kearns, R., & Collins, D. (2016). At home away from home: visitor accommodation and place attachment. Annals of Leisure Research, 19(1), 117-133. doi:10.1080/11745398.2015.1037324
Block IV – From theories on place attachment to practice: Housing projects, alternative dwellings and neighbourhoods
Bonaiuto, M., & ALves, S. (2012). Residential places and neighborhoods: Towards healthy life, social integration and reputable residence. In S. D. Clayton (Ed.), *The Oxford Handbook of environmental and conservation psychology *New York: Oxford.
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Hester, R. T. J. (2013). Do Not Detach! Instructions From and For Community Design. In L. C. Manzo & P. Devine-Wright (Eds.), *Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications *(pp. 191-206). London: Routledge.
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Manzo, L. C., & Perkins, D. D. (2006). Finding common ground: The importance of place attachment to community participation and planning. Journal of Planning Literature, 20(4), 335-350. doi:10.1177/0885412205286160
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