OSHR 1146 - What Do They Mean? Key Political Terms

  • 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.

This course is designed to contest some prominent patterns in American public life today. Facts have become optional, lies routine, and embracing ignorance has somehow become authentically American. This is not a course on partisanship, but on being responsibly informed. It is a course about the disciplined meaning of terms that define politics and are essential to structure an informed citizen’s political understandings and choices.

At least 12 to 15 key political terms will be considered each week. They will be presented in six clusters: General Politics (like sovereignty, justice); Political Theories (like Fascism, Anarchy); U.S. Constitution (like federalism, republic); Political Parties (like patronage, plurality); Vernacular Politics (like lame duck, lobbying); and Class Requests (this is up to you if you sign up for the course).

Please Note: Class will not be held on November 25.

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