OSHR 1093 - Societal Progress - A Necessary but Troubled Concept

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Does the idea of societal progress have logically justifiable meaning? Social policies can both help and hurt people. They are likely to advance and extinguish different components of the ecosystem to which we are all tethered. In short, solutions for some become problems for others.

Are there defensible value logics for the examination of the uses and limits of both market and government policies? Can such logics avoid traps of cultural dogmatism and ethnocentrism? How can citizens evaluate transfers of welfare and ill-fare in order to re-shape our society in justifiable ways?

This lecture-discussion course will address core issues in a non-partisan manner employing mostly natural resource examples. Participants of all value persuasions are welcome.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.