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Marine Environment: Psychological Dimensions

Course Numbers: MAMC 4980

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Environmental psychology examines the interrelationship between various environments and human behavior. In this graduate course, students will explore the relevance of concepts and viewpoints from environmental psychology to understanding phenomena in marine environments. They will consider how methods and procedures developed in the field of environmental psychology might be useful in solving problems and issues occurring within ocean and coastal environmental settings.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Be familiar with the theory and research practice of the field of environmental psychology.
  2. Apply psychological research methods to improve the functioning of marine settings.
  3. Be more aware of the impact of physical surroundings on behavior of people and marine organisms.
  4. Apply theories and principles of psychology to understand the interaction of humans and marine environments.
  5. Increase their understanding of the role of human cognitive processes, attitudes and behaviors in the origin of and solutions to environmental problems.
  6. Access and critique research literature and mass media information related to ocean and coastal environmental problems and their solutions.
  7. Gain insight into the ways in which the environment influences our feelings and experiences.
  8. Apply and integrate psychological theory, research methods, and principles in understanding important practical issues involving the marine environment.

Winter 2015 Syllabus

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