Cross Listed as PSYC346
This is a course in social psychology as it pertains to the natural environment. We will consider how the environment influences aspects of human psychology (e.g., the psychological implications of humans' disconnect with nature), as well as how human psychology influences the environment (e.g., why some people engage in environmentally destructive behaviors despite holding proenvironmental attitudes). At the core of this course is an attempt to examine various ways in which research and theory in social psychology can contribute insights to understanding (and encouraging) environmentally responsible behavior and sustainable practices, both here at Williams and globally. Because human choice and behavior play such an important role in environmental problems, a consideration of human psychology may therefore be an important part of the solution.
Class Format: empirical lab course
Requirements/Evaluation: a series of papers, two essay exams, written and oral reports of research
Prerequisites: Psychology 242 recommended, Psychology 201, or a comparable course in statistics and research methodology, is also recommended.
Enrollment Preference: Psychology majors and Environmental Studies concentrators
Material and Lab Fees:
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology,PSYC Empirical Lab Course
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 3803
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