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Aims and scope:
The term environmental psychology might be a bit ambiguous or confusing; if it is, no worries, you are not alone. It’s not a very large field yet, but it can be one of the most impactful ones regarding the future of humanity. You might be wondering how to answer questions like: What does “environmental psychology” mean? What does it do for us? How can it be applied?
Environmental psychology seeks to understand how and why our environment impacts us, how we can use it to our advantage, and what we can do to improve our relationship with the world around us. You never know what a small change in your environment could do for your mental and emotional state, so why not take a chance and tweak your environment to better suit you?
In this course, you will learn why some people choose to recycle, what motivates them to adopt environmentally positive behaviors, and why certain surroundings make them feel happy and productive. If these questions are engaging your curiosity, you’ve come to the right place.
This course will be based on synchronous web conferences and asynchronous online assignments, online quizzes, and discussion questions. The combination of methodologies will allow students to develop their empirical, analytical, and critical understanding of environmental psychology.
1. What is Environmental Psychology? 2. How does our environment affect us? 3. How do we affect our environment? 3. Promoting environmental attitudes and sustainable behaviors. 4.Examples of Environmental Psychology in Practice (architecture, design, and policies).
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DuNann Winter, D. (2003). The Psychology of Environmental Problems: Psychology for Sustainability. London: Psychology Press.
Gallagher, W. (2007). The Power of Place: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions. N.Y.: Harper Perennial.