ES 508: Conservation Psychology Theory & Applic


71202 (for web registration)




Kayla Cranston






Fall 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/2 - 12/9 (1:00PM-3:59PM)


Competency Areas Spring 2010 and earlier: EE – Alt Methods; CB, Cert, EAO, IND & RMC – Elective.
Competency Areas Fall 2010: ASJS, Cert, CB, EE, SD, SDCC – Methods or elective.
Restricted to ES students July 13 – August 13; open to all students on August 14.

Conservation psychology is the scientific study of the reciprocal relationships between humans and the rest of nature, with the practical goal of promoting environmental sustainability and quality of life. This course will provide an overview of relevant approaches from psychology as they apply to environmental conservation. We will examine relationships among social, cognitive, affective and behavioral processes from both theoretical and applied perspectives.
A new textbook devoted to conservation psychology will be used, along with additional readings. There will be a variety of assignments and activities.
In addition to becoming conversant with basic psychological concepts, students will practice applying conservation psychology and social marketing techniques. Students will choose the topic for their final project, which may range from conservation biology, sustainable business, resource management, education, land use planning, to advocacy. On completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of how the tools of conservation psychology can be used for a wide range of conservation practice.