This spring break course introduces students to the full sweep of what is currently meant by the term ecopsychology, covering the field’s psychological, philosophical, practical, and critical/political dimensions. By expanding the focus of psychology to include the relationship between humans and nature, ecopsychology aims not only to develop a truer picture of human psychology, but also to draw attention to the psychological dimensions of the ecological crisis. Students are expected to dedicate as much time as possible to the course in order to benefit from its intensive nature; to engage in personal explorations, sharing some of their experience with the rest of the class; and to participate in an all-day field trip to a nearby wilderness location, with appropriate winter gear. As this is an introductory course, no prior formal knowledge of psychology is necessary. Grades will be based on: 1. attendance and class participation, 2. reflection journal, 3. ecological autobiography, 4. final project (due 3 weeks after the final class).
Spring Break Course