PPS196S.24 – MORAL LEADERSHIP & COURAGE
This course explores the many developmental facets of students’ moral courage, an outcome of the college experience. The course focuses on this topic at individual, organizational, and institutional levels. The core questions that the course addresses include: What is the meaning of moral courage to students? What are their codes of ethical values? In specific situations, how do they discern ethical issues and act based on their ethical values? Which personal ethical values are so important that students will accept risk to adhere to them? What would be the core elements of a plan to enhance the effect of the Duke experience on the development of students’ moral courage? What leadership actions and resource commitments would make a material difference in the student’s development and, eventually, in the undergraduate student culture? What hypotheses can be developed and tested based on students, experiences and views? What can be discerned from a review of the literature? In what ways and in what situations is moral courage important to effective leadership? What can be learned from high- and low-profile moral leaders in history? Specifically, what is the relevance of the notion of moral leadership to college students and recent graduates? Moral courage is defined as the strength of mind and spirit that enables one to understand the ethical dimensions of challenges and to act effectively on the basis of personal principles in spite of the known risks.
[Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI]