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First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Place and Behavior

Semester and Year FA 2015
Course Number FIRST-UG86
Section 001
Instructor Meredith Theeman
Days MW
Time 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U


Open to Gallatin first-year students only.


This course will focus on the intersections between behavior, place and space. How do the spaces we inhabit influence our lived experience? At first we will construct working definitions of "environment" and learn about the ways in which various environments can impact our behavior, beliefs, and feelings. Then we will discuss what it means to inhabit specific kinds of places: natural and constructed, wild and urban, public and private, familiar and novel. This class will examine questions related to the natural and built environments by incorporating the theoretical perspectives and research methodologies of ecology, geography, psychology, and sociology. Topics may include attachment to place, the concept of "home", environmental values, institutional spaces (e.g., schools, and hospitals), New Environmental Paradigm, privacy, pro-environmental behavior, psychological well-being, restoration and wayfinding. Readings may include: St. Francis D'Assisi, Michel de Certeau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hippocrates, Jane Jacobs, Henry David Thoreau and Edward O. Wilson.


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First-Year Program: Interdisciplinary Seminars (FIRST-UG)