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    Otterbein University
  Feb 19, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1010 - How Green Do I Have to Be? The Psychology Behind Environmental Decision-Making

Hours: 4
“Being green” is a term that conveys many ideas, labels and ecological connotations. The term can be used to describe environmental behavior, such as recycling, consumer conduct, dietary choices, and resource conservation.  It can also be used as a persuasive technique to guide consumer attitude, behavior and purchasing choices, which may or may not be environmentally sound. The decisions we make are based on our early influences (family), our learning experiences (schooling), our personal experiences, our cognitive abilities as well as the social relationships we form and develop. Class discussion will focus on the most predominant environmental issues faced by consumers on a daily basis, including consumer spending habits, such as clothing choices, water ethics, food production, energy choices, and recycling. The course will address environmental decision-making in issues concerning environmental justice, global justice, NIMBY, and pro-environmental behavior.