Conservation Psychology

UC San Diego Extension


Monday, October 9, 2017, midnight
Friday, December 8, 2017, midnight CST

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Programs to conserve water and energy, reduce our auto-dependency, recycle, and adapt to climate change have one thing in common: to be effective, they must consider the human behavioral dimension. In this course, participants will learn how to apply psychological principles, theories and methods to understand and solve environmental problems. Gain an overview of contemporary environmental issues, with a focus on the link with human behavior. Examine psychological foundations for conservation, including commons dilemma, connectedness with nature, rational choice, values, and incentives. Explore solutions and examine successful and unsuccessful interventions designed to change human behavior. Topics covered include water conservation, recycling and waste management, transportation, and energy conservation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the field of Conservation Psychology
  • Describe the behavioral causes of environmental problems
  • Specify the psychological factors that lead people to engage in conservation behavior
  • Identify the effective strategies used to promote conservation behavior

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