PSY 1017. Nature Can Nurture: Fostering an Ecological Worldview


  • Professor: Jacob Rode
  • Term: Spring
  • Day: TBA
  • Time: TBA
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 217526
  • Subject Area: Psychology 

Ever wonder why taking a walk on the beach, or in a park, or through trees, makes you feel restored and renewed? Does a short trip outside improve your mood? Although popular media encourages people to get outside and explore nature, it is unclear how many of these claims about nature are actually backed by research. Students taking this course will review research on these topics through the lens of conservation psychology, a field that focuses on the relationship between humans and nature and applies traditional psychological principles to issues of environmental degradation. Students will explore the history of conservation psychology as well as its various subfields and current approaches within the field. Additionally, students will apply principles of conservation psychology to their everyday lives and engage with emerging research in the field to find ways of improving and pushing the field forward. From recycling to energy efficiency to habitat preservation, conservation will be a key theme in this course. As climate change continues to threaten ecological health, we will explore how to leverage psychological insights to enrich the human-nature relationship.

Recommended Prep: The Psychology Department requires completion of Science of Living Systems 20 or Psychology 1 or the equivalent of introductory psychology (e.g. Psych AP=5 or IB =7 or Psyc S-1) and at least one foundational course from PSY 14, PSY 15, PSY 16, and PSY 18 before enrolling in this course; or permission of instructor.

Pre-Req: SLS20 or PSY1 or Psychology AP=5 or Psychology IB=7 or Psyc S-1 AND PSY14 or PSY15 or PSY16 or PSY18