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Spring 2015-2016
ENE 561 / WWS 586C   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Psychology of Environmental Decision Making

Sander L. van der Linden

An introduction to the field of behavioral science and how it is used in practice to study and change how people make decisions about environmental problems. We explore how people psychologically understand and process environmental risks and how such perceptions influence behavioral decision-making. Students explore the social-psychological foundations of pro-environmental values, attitudes and norms and how to design public policy interventions to improve environmental decision-making. Public understanding of science and behavioral strategies for effective environmental science communication and engagement are also discussed.

Sample reading list:
Shafir, E., The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy
Evans, J. St.B.T., Dual-Processing Accounts of Reasoning, Judgment & Social Cog
Gromet,D.M., Kunreuther,H., Larrick, R.P., Political Ideology Affects Energy-Efficiency Attitudes & Cho
Kahneman, D., How Our Minds Mislead Us: The Marvels & Flaws of Our Intuiti
van Vigt, M., Averting the Tragedy of the Commons: Using Social Psychologi
van der Linden, S., On the Relationship between Personal Experience, Affect &

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 45%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Junior and Senior undergraduate students please contact Instructor with the appropriate form..

Other information:
The course is introductory and does not assume prior knowledge of psychology, behavioral or environmental science. The course is structured around weekly 60 minute lectures (Mondays) and (Wednesdays) followed by 20-minute discussion sections (80 mins total).

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42217 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Lewis Library   122   Enrolled:13 Limit:20