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    Macalester College
  Feb 19, 2018
College Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENVI 270 - Psychology of Sustainable Behavior

Cross-Listed as PSYC 270 
This course is an introduction to the psychological study of sustainable behavior. As scientific evidence of degraded world environmental conditions accumulates, researchers from many disciplines are joining the effort to find solutions. Technological innovation will certainly play a role, but equally important are behavior changes at both the organizational and individual level. Psychologists use their training in the scientific study of human behavior to examine why people do or do not act sustainably in a variety of situations. In this course we will study this body of research and use psychological principles, theories, and methods to understand the factors that underlie both environmentally destructive as well as environmentally sustainable actions. A significant component of the course will be direct application of theory to one’s own actions as well as to a campus-or community-based sustainability issue. Fall semester. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100 , Introduction to Psychology if Psychology major. (4 Credits)