865-0047-00L  Strategies for Behaviour Change

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersS. Patel
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for MAS/CAS in Development and Cooperation students, as well as specialists with at least 24 months of practical experience in international cooperation.

ETH doctoral students working on topics related to poverty reduction in low- and middle income countries may also be admitted.

Registration only through the NADEL administration office.


865-0047-00 GStrategies for Behaviour Change
Blockkurs: 11.12. – 15.12.2023
Ort: CLD A1
40s hrsS. Patel

Catalogue data

AbstractIn this course students deepen their knowledge of how individuals behave and make decisions. Students learn about the latest insights from behavioural science and explore how they can be applied to tackle global development and sustainability challenges. Students also gain an understanding of the limitations and challenges associated with behaviourally-informed policies.
Objective- Students gain a broad understanding of the factors that influence people’s economic and non-economic decisions
- Students appreciate the ethical objections to behavioural interventions and can understand their limitations
- Students become more aware of their own biases and are able to recognise biases in others
- Students can identify opportunities for designing more behaviourally-informed policies in the realms of development and sustainability, and are able to assess their effectiveness
Content• Being human - why we do the things we do? Biases, preferences, and heuristics
• Theories and models of behaviour change
• Designing behavior change interventions and measuring effectiveness
• Ethical concerns and limitations of behaviour change approaches
• The future of behaviour change - implications for development cooperation

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersS. Patel
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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