Environmental Psychology at Rocky Mountain National Park
This course investigates the human relationship with the natural world, examining ways in which the natural environment is important psychologically to human beings. Integrating aspects of theoretical and empirical psychology, environmental studies and literature, we explore meanings, values, and questions such as: How are we affected by nature? What affects people’s attitudes and behaviors toward the environment? How do we respond to environmental challenges? How does the field of psychology address the natural world? Prerequisite: Psychology 125 or Environmental Studies 137. Offered during Interim.
Global Semester: Professor Gary Muir, along with his wife Sian Muir, led Global Semester and taught a course as part of it, Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior in a Global Context. This course counts as an elective in the Psychology major. The itinerary took the group around the world with visits to Switzerland (the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva), Egypt, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. The academic program focused for one month each on four countries: Egypt , India , Hong Kong and South Korea. In cooperation with coordinators in each of the four countries and in association with staff members of TheAmerican University ( Cairo , Egypt ), the Ecumenical Christian Centre ( Bangalore , India ), Chinese University of Hong Kong and Yonsei University ( Seoul , South Korea ), students studied Egyptian history, religions of South Asia, Chinese art and Korean society.
Exploring India: Human Development in Cross-Cultural Context: Professor Dana Gross led this program. This course explores childhood and family life in modern India through site visits, observations, lectures, and readings, addressing questions such as: How does India’s unique history and culture, population growth, and economic development affect parenting practices, children’s self-concept, relationships, and education? How do adolescents in India understand and experience gender roles and the transition to adulthood? How do Indian psychologists and social workers integrate traditional and contemporary approaches in this religiously and linguistically diverse nation?
Prerequisite: Psychology 125 or Asian Studies 121 or Family Studies 232 or 242 or permission of the instructor. Offered every 3-4 years during Interim.