Course Details

Moral Complexity in Leadership: An Exploration through Literature
LDEV-960-0
Previously Known as KACI-960-0
1.0 CR
Elective
PASS / NO CREDIT
Yes (may vary by section)
DESCRIPTION
In this course, literature serves as the entry point to analyze morally complex matters and then formulate and communicate cogent opinions about them in a group. Through literature, we will pull out common themes of classic moral quandaries that leaders face (e.g. pernicious issues such as greed or self-deceit, operating as an "agent of another" whom you disagree with, fractured professional and personal life, the troubles with "likability," etc). We will then examine how characters in the stories and real-world business leaders have grappled with such issues and analyze how individuals make choices congruent with their values, what actions convey care for the systems within which they operate (or are responsible for), and perhaps most importantly, what can get them off track. Students will not only read critically and carefully, but will also learn the arts of listening well, facilitating dialog amidst disagreement, and articulating sound arguments through weekly reflection papers and their conversations with one another. The course is built around weekly small group discussions in class and a plenary lecture on the week's themes in the business world. The emphasis is on deep, rigorous reflection and meaningful communication rather than sound bites or quick tips. The reading materials span centuries, continents and viewpoints, building respect for the complexity of those we interact with on a daily basis. This discussion-based course includes weekly homework assignments (reading and writing), a group project analyzing a film that conveys moral complexity, and a final, individual paper and brief presentation on a work of your choosing.
TRACKS
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Pathway
SCHEDULE SUMMARY
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
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CH (Chicago)
EV (Evanston)
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PREREQUISITES
Negative Prerequisite:
All Students: KACI-960-0