PSYC185: The Psychology of Climate Crisis
Undergraduate, Next OFFERED WINTER 2023, Tues/Thur
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?
The class is based on Prof Aron’s book on the climate crisis, Cambridge University Press 2022.
PSYC193: Social Movements and Organizing
Undergraduate, Spring 2023
Societal change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, economic inequality, and racial division relies on good policy and legislation, but this is seldom won without social movements of activists and advocates pushing from below. Yet such social movements, especially on the climate crisis, are still much too small to have the strong and urgent impact that is needed. This class asks how the field of psychology can inform our understanding of social movements. We examine the psychology of local collective action, methodological limitations in extant psychology research, the challenges of conducting field studies, and the prospects for a wider social science for achieving a stronger social mobilization to win climate and other policy. Case studies will focus on social movements and policy in the San Diego region, and students will make field trips for civic engagement or other projects.
[Below, Adam with his first undergraduate class on the psychology of the climate crisis in 2019]