PSY 243-1. Psychological Insights: Environmental Problems (FYS)
Human behavior is at the root of almost all environmental problems: We drive gas guzzling cars (contributing to both global warming and depletion of natural resources), produce tons of refuse, deplete water resources (build golf courses in the desert). This course explores facets of psychology that can help explain why we act as we do and how we might change behavior toward greater sustainability. We review some basic psychological principles as they apply to the environment: What are the thinking processes that lead some people to accept and others to reject concepts like global warming? How do people develop their basic value systems, and how do things like emotions and culture impact this? Even when people want to change their behaviors, what are the barriers that make change difficult? Course includes an analysis and application of these principles to a local issue. (FYS) GANZEL

PSY 244-4. Human Aggression & Violence (W)
This course will examine recent efforts to integrate explanations of human aggression and violence across several disciplines. Students will consider the interplay between social learning, neural, endocrine, and evolutionary explanations of aggression by individuals in their social environment. Topics are likely to include interpersonal and online aggression, workplace violence, aggression within competitive situations, video/computer game violence, and war. In addition to analyzing both primary and secondary sources, special attention will be given the depiction of violence across several different forms of mass media. Because this is a writing course, a significant amount of time will be spent on the writing process, with a focus on revision. Not open to students who have completed their writing course (W) requirement. DRAGON (Writing Requirement (W))

PSY 265-8. Psychology of Holocaust (Europe) 
This course will examine psychological perspectives on the Holocaust through travel and study in Eastern Europe. The course itinerary will include Jewish communities and cities that were affected by the Holocaust (Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Krakow), death/concentration camps and museums that are relevant to the Holocaust, various cultural and historical sites within these Eastern European settings, and locations/museums that are relevant to the practice of psychology. The historical, cultural, and sociocultural context of the Holocaust and psychology's roots in Eastern Europe (especially Vienna) will receive attention as will events and cultural changes that followed World War II. The course will also explore the work of important contributors to early psychological practice (e.g., Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Victor Frankl) as well as how these early leaders responded to Nazi era developments. Readings will include literature, personal narratives, psychological sources relevant to the Holocaust, social psychology readings on genocide, and the works of personality theorists of Vienna. (Social Science).  ENNS