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URP 544 – Behavior and Environment: The Psychology of Human-Environment Interaction


This course deals with two central themes. First, environmental problems are people problems, requiring an understanding of how people think, what they care about, and the conditions under which they behave most reasonably and creatively. Second, human behavior makes the most sense when studied in the context of the environment, both present and evolutionary. The course builds a model of human nature based upon research in the field of environmental psychology. The course will explore such topics as environmental perception and knowledge; preferred environments and coping with the failure of preference; and mental attention fatigue and restoration. It then applies this model to such issues as common property resource management and the psychology of sustainability. The course is cross-disciplinary both in emphasis and student population with the disciplines of natural resource policy, planning and management; environmental education and communication; conservation behavior and conservation psychology; landscape architecture and urban planning, and green and sustainable business typically represented.


Lecture: Mon, Wed 1:00-2:30pm 1040 DANA
Multiple discussion sections offered.


  • 002: Thu 1:00-2:00pm 1006 DANA
  • 003: Fri 12:00-1:00pm 1006 DANA


Raymond De Young