Online M.A. in International Psychology, Environmental Advocacy Concentration
In the Environmental Advocacy Concentration of the M.A in International Psychology online program, students will further explore the impact of the process of globalization in the environmental psychology field. In addition, students will evaluate the broader interactions among the manner individuals from diverse cultures relate to their natural and constructed environments and complications generated by this encounter.
Emphasis will be given to the construction of cultural competent abilities to develop actions addressing the importance of government and community social responsibility to support ethical resolution of cultural conflicts related to the environment and ultimately promote sustainability and survivability based on universal rights. This will prepare students to work in both domestic and international settings with global environmental companies, green and conservation organizations developing strategies that will ultimately seek sustainability, renewable energy and intelligent use of human and natural resources.
Program Time to Completion
2 years full-time
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
Environment and Globalization Process
This course will introduce students to historical and current trends in environmental psychology and its interface with the international psychology field. The course will focus on how the specific elements involved in economic and geopolitical globalization impact the social construction of cultures and relationship of global communities in tandem with their environment. It will offer an opportunity for students to reflect about the opportunities and challenges in the environmental field such as voluntary and forced migration due to environmental changes and how organizations and governments should address such challenges and possibilities for positive change. Through in depth examination this course will provide students with the knowledge to develop appropriate interventions and policy recommendations that effectively manage undesirable consequences of such impact globally.
Environmental Global Strategies ‐ Social Responsibility, Social Change and Public Action
This course will familiarize students with research and scientifically based approaches and interventions proposed to manage current global environmental problems utilizing collectively acquired knowledge. Students will be required to analyze frameworks and interventions in the environmental field in order to develop effective problem‐solving skills and educating on preparedness, through evidenced based techniques and personal awareness of their role as agents of change. Emphasis will be given to the construction of culturally competent abilities addressing the role of community involvement, collaboration and action supporting social responsibility to develop ethical resolution of man-made conflicts, natural disasters, and the ultimate impact on the environment.
Growing Global ‐ Relationship of Society and Environment
This course evaluates the broader interactions of the process in which individuals from diverse cultures relate to their natural and constructed environments and complications generated by this encounter. The course will offer students the opportunity to examine and compare cultures based on their social and cultural systems, as well as, economic and political agendas that motivate their treatment, use, and protection of the environment. Students will be required to design culturally specific interventions with a primary goal of facilitating intercultural communication that successfully promotes sustainability and survivability of humankind, inclusive of universal right.
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Making a Difference Around the Globe
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