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.
- Define the discipline of environmental psychology.
- Compare and contrast major theoretical approaches in the field of environmental psychology.
- Explain the importance of research in the field of environmental psychology.
- Analyze the impact of current events on the field of environmental psychology.
Ecological Issues of Stress
- Explain the physiology and psychology of stress.
- Evaluate the impact of environmental stressors on individuals.
- Analyze relations between technology, change, and environmental stress.
- Evaluate the effect of natural disasters on individuals.
- 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.
- Explain the importance of nature in relation to the urban environment.
Application of Environmental Psychology
- Analyze the importance of sustainable development.
- Describe how architecture impacts behavior.
- Examine the psychological associations related to commercial and residential design.
Environmental Preservation: The Future
- Evaluate methods for managing the environment.
- Assess the economic, political, and legal implications of environmental issues.
- Explain the relationship between psychology and the preservation of the environment.