IDS385-3: Special Topics

Topic: Fostering Behavior Change

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Callaway Center S103
Reznickova, Anna

Fall, spring. Highly focused courses, drawing on multiple disciplines of the humanities and social sciences; may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

In the beginning of the 21st century, we find ourselves in the Anthropocene, a geological age that emphasizes the gravity of human impact on our planet. This can be intimidating especially since the lifestyles we know and enjoy often do not coincide with sustainability. Some scholars believe that unless we alter our behaviors, our future on Earth is in question. However, behavior changes are easier said than done. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of social science research on sustainability-related behavioral change, with attention communication & education, internal factors (attitudes, values, identity etc.) and external factors (political, social, economic, etc.). The course will give students an opportunity to apply what they learned through projects focusing on designing sustainability-related interventions on campus or in the Atlanta community. Methods of evaluation and assessment of change will be combined with this hands-on project to give students experience with behavior change in all its complexity. Students will become familiar with theories, practices, interventions and policy implications for sustainability. Students will leave this course with a set of tools to promote sustainable future.


Particulars: Students will complete three short intervention projects in groups on the three components of this class (communication, identity, and context); each will include elements of design, data collection and analysis, and a presentation or a short paper

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.