PSYC 4541 Special Topics in Psychology – Social Science: Psychology of Sustainability
Dr. Amanda L Mahaffey
This course explores the scientific study of environmental sustainability from a psychological perspective. We will consider sustainability attitudes, behaviors, and cognitions, and the psychological, biological, and social influences on them. This course will take a holistic approach to the topic in that material will come from most major areas of psychology, including social, cognitive, clinical, and neuroscience.
Prerequisites for this class are PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2111 or 3111.
In this course, we explore the impact of humans on the sustainability of our natural environment and the effects of our natural environmental on our psychological and neuropsychological wellbeing. We will read and examine empirical research on these topics and solutions for solving these problems. We will review the history of environmental problems, explore our relationship with nature and our behavioral impact. We will explore the research on health and neuropsychological issues that arise from the condition of our environment. We will analyze and apply social psychological, cognitive, developmental, and holistic approaches to solving environmental problems and improving our situation within our natural environment. We will observe media representation of environmental issues and we will finish the semester with proposals of concrete solutions- implementing structural changes based on empirical research- to solve the world’s environmental problems.
Your final grade is determined by your performance on the following:
Discussion Participation (including virtual field trip and presentation) 60%