Description: Explores how we use story to articulate ethical norms. The syllabus consists of short fiction, novels, plays, feature films and some non-fiction. Major topics include leadership and authority, professionalism, the universality of ethical standards, and social enterprise, as well as questions of gender, cultural identity, the balance of family and work life, and the relation of science to ethics. Readings include work by Sophocles, Martin Luther King, Jr., Virginia Woolf, Vaclav Havel, Wole Soyinka, and others; films include "Three Kings," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Blade Runner," and others. Draws on various professions and national cultures, and is run as a series of moderated discussions, with students centrally engaged in the teaching process.
Course #: 15.269
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