PSYC272: The Social Psychology of Collective Action on Climate Crisis
Graduate, Fall 2021, Tues 3 to 6.00pm
Grassroots social movements are essential to push city, state and national representatives to cut emissions by leaving fossil fuels in the ground, accelerating the renewable energy transition in the next 10 years, and cutting consumption. While these grassroots movements are gaining momentum they are still tiny as a proportion of the population. The first part of this seminar will be didactic, covering the United Nations process, physical science, climate impacts, political economy, energy policy, climate justice, psycho-social aspects of skepticism and collective action, and the global climate movement. The second part will be collaborative. We will pool our collective knowledge and resources to arrive at a better understanding of the psychological and sociological variables related to building mass social power for emissions-reduction action. [The class will include fieldwork, outside speakers, and student-selected material and student-run discussion].
PSYC185: The Psychology of Climate Crisis
Undergraduate, Spring 2021, Tues/Thur 5 to 6.20pm
This course provides tools for the student to think about the escalating climate crisis. Urgent action is needed at a large societal scale to prevent the worst consequences of anthropogenic global heating. Better understanding the prospects for such action can come from human psychology. How do people arrive at their beliefs? What is the basis of denial and delay? How does belief flow to action? What kinds of actions can people take?