Figures as diverse as Thomas More, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Martin Luther King, Anita Roddick — and many others we will talk about in this class — exemplify moral leadership. The different moral challenges they faced raise the question of what is moral leadership, and why does it matter? Perhaps at no time in recent memory has the issue — and example — of moral leadership been more relevant or more important.
This seminar will explore the nature of moral leadership through literature, film, and historical examples. The focus will be on understanding moral dilemmas and finding paths to resolving moral conflicts and making moral decisions related to personal, professional, social, and political life. Materials for the class will be from different cultures and time periods. The use of concrete examples from literature, movies, and history allows for much closer study of moral complexities and ambiguities as they occur in real life. The class will involve open discussion and sharing of one’s own experiences. The goal is to help students increase their moral awareness; sharpen their critical thinking and decision-making skills; strengthen their capacity for empathy and diverse perspectives; and, ultimately, hone their ability to act as moral leaders in their lives and in the world.
Note: This course is open for registration to all SCS graduate students. Students are encouraged to complete their program's introductory ethics course before registering for this class.