Course: Traffic psychology 2

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Course title Traffic psychology 2
Course code PCH/DP2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šucha Matúš, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Risser Ralf, prof. Dr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Measures and countermeasures a. Education, training, and testing i. School-based traffic education ii. Driving schools and accompanied driving iii. Testing and licensing iv. Life-long education and training v. Professional drivers education and training b. Enforcement i. Theories and effectiveness (the deterrence and learning theories) ii. Demerit point system iii. Police and patrolling iv. Legislation v. Offences, sanctions, license withdrawal, and imprisonment vi. Cameras and other stationary enforcement devices c. Prevention, persuasion, and motivational messaging i. Traffic safety campaigns d. Rehabilitation of drivers e. Risks and adverse side effects of the measures taken 2. Society a. Road users? communication b. Traffic culture c. Public policy d. Social marketing and community-based programmes e. Travel mode choice 3. Infrastructure a. Self-explaining roads b. Forgiving roads ? resilience to failure and breakdown c. Workload management ? consistency and uniformity d. Communication with drivers, information carriers e. Billboards and other advertisements f. Variation in performance 4. Vehicles a. In-vehicle technologies (nomadic devices, ITS, IVIS, ADAC, ...) b. Electric vehicles 5. Interdisciplinary issues a. Neuroscience b. Health and mental health in relation to driving c. Public health d. Ergonomics 6. Research in traffic psychology a. Qualitative methods b. Case-control studies c. Self-report instruments d. Naturalistic observational field techniques e. Naturalistic driving studies f. Driving simulators g. Data sets on accidents and their analysis

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Demonstration, Work Activities
  • Semestral Work - 15 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 25 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The main aim of this course is to familiarise the students with advanced concepts of traffic psychology, with a focus on measures, countermeasures, interdisciplinary issues, and research. The students will learn how to conduct a research project in traffic psychology.
Student gets more widespread knowledge of traffic psychology and skill to prepare and implement a research design in the field of transport.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Dialog

Course completion requirements: attendance 50%, final paper preparation.
Recommended literature
  • Porter, B. E. (2011). Handbook of Traffic Psychology. USA.
  • Šucha, M., et al. (2013). Dopravní psychologie pro praxi. Praha.
  • Theeuwes, J., van der Horst, R., & Kuiken, M. (2012). Designing Safe Road Systems.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Psychology (1) Psychology courses 5 Summer