PSYC 346
Environmental Psychology Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed ENVI 346 / PSYC 346

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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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 3927
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a series of papers, two essay exams, written and oral reports of research
Prerequisites: PSYC 242 recommended, PSYC 201, or a comparable course in statistics and research methodology, is also recommended.
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors and Environmental Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 346 Division II PSYC 346 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology

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