What’s It Worth? How We Determine Value

How do we, as individuals and societies, determine the value of things, services, and experiences? Questions like the value of a national park, a child well-educated, or a life prematurely lost are central to both government policy and individual commitments. Through careful reading, critical discussion, short integrative essays, and interactions with local organizations involved in making valuations, students will consider alternative methods of determining “value” and apply these to current social issues. The course will include one or more off-campus visits to relevant local organizations.

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