ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Winter 2023, Section 001 - Prescription Nature: How Nature Contact Enhances Human Health
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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Requirements & Distribution:
Sustain, FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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Since ancient times the notion that nature can act as a kind of tonic or elixir, capable of enhancing human health, has been prevalent.  This old idea, once largely the domain of philosophers, poets, shaman, and religious groups, has been rediscovered in recent decades and is now being subjected to rigorous scientific examination.  As a result, the empirical evidence related to how nature exposure impacts physical, mental, social, and spiritual health has grown enormously. 

The purpose of this course is to explore this growing field of research and examine the various ways that nature exposure supports our health and well-being.  The course will place special emphasis on understanding the various theories behind why nature contact might be associated with positive health outcomes.  In addition, we will investigate the benefits associated with different types of nature contact and examine the potential advantages that could result from incorporating nature into our everyday lives.  Students in the course will be expected to design and conduct several small experiments intended to investigate the impacts associated with nature exposure. 

Topics include:

·         The history of nature-based therapies

·         How nature impacts physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual health

·         Attention Restoration Theory and Stress Reduction Theory

·         Green Exercise

·         Horticulture Therapy and Care Farming

·         Animal Assisted Therapy and Wilderness Therapy

·         Impacts on specific sub-populations, such as children and the elderly

·         Dosage effects and more active forms of nature-based engagement

·         Strategies for incorporating nature into our daily lives

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Class Format:

All class meetings will be taught synchronously and In-Person for the Winter 2023 term.


ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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