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Course level: Undergraduate
In this course students will learn about the interaction between people and their environments; how our behavior affects our environment, and how that environment, in turn, influences our own behavior. An emphasis will be placed on developing behavioral solutions for environmental problems.
- PSY/203 – Foundations of Psychology or equivalent
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Define the discipline of environmental psychology.
- Explain how the natural environment can affect health.
- Explore the benefits of restorative environments.
- Discuss reactions associated with person-environment relationships.
- Examine environmental risks.
- Evaluate the concept of risk perception.
- Analyze the effects of population density on individuals.
- Examine the effects of noise as an environmental pollutant.
- Analyze the concepts of personal space and territorialism.
- Evaluate how architecture impacts behavior.
- Examine the psychological associations related to commercial or residential design.
- Explain the importance of nature in relation to the urban environment.
- Explain how environmental cues shape behavior.
- Evaluate how behavior can be modified to support sustainability and limit negative environmental impact.
- Describe how social norms influence behavior and beliefs about the environment.
- Identify solutions to change behavior and habits in order to lessen negative environmental impact.
- Analyze the importance of sustainable development.
- Evaluate strategies for promoting positive environmental behavior.
- Explain how positive and negative consequences can increase pro-environmental behavior.
- Describe the positives and negatives of technological advances on the environment.
- Assess the influence of environmental policies.