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.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
a series of papers, two essay exams, written and oral reports of research
PSYC 242 recommended, PSYC 201, or a comparable course in statistics and research methodology, is also recommended.
Psychology majors and Environmental Studies concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology