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PHIL 401/501 Ethics and Leadership (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of the Philosophical Inquiry core requirement or permission of the instructor. (Either semester/3 credits) 

This course examines ethical dilemmas and moral examples in five key areas of society: education, religion, the military, corporations, and politics. Cases will be drawn from both majority and minority communities. The focus within leadership will be on key principles of conduct and on relevant virtues, such as courage, humility, fortitude, and prudence. Theory and practice will be analyzed together, as examples will be drawn from important historical episodes, including the Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement. Students will gain an understanding of the relation of ends and means, of the meaning of integrity in the workplace, and of the moral demands of leadership.