Leadership & Justice: How Personal Virtue Makes Community Possible

Philosophy | Social Sciences

Course Description

All Winter 2021 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

What can ensure justice when institutions, processes, and laws falter? What is the primary goal of sound leadership? Can justice emerge without a crisis to prompt its appearance and nourish its growth? What role does charisma play in the achievement of justice? Which virtues—personal and communal—form the foundation of effective leadership? Should leaders pursue ideals, practical goals, or common interests? How do followers make, break, and shape leaders? How can leadership mitigate the pernicious problems of power? 

These and related questions will guide our discussions of the professional and political implications of leadership. We will anchor our conversation with Paul Woodruff's The Ajax Dilemma, which uses the famous episode of Achilles’s armour from Sophocles’s tragedy Ajax to open up fresh vistas for reflection on the overworked subject of leadership. To enrich our thinking, we will also turn to texts and ideas from writers such as Niccolo Machiavelli, Margaret Mead, Alasdair MacIntyre, and William Deresiewicz.

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Monday 18 January 2021

Course Length: 6 weeks, Mondays, 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: David Dussault, Kathryn McMorrow, Jonathan Powers

Degree Credit: Half-credit

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)
$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)
$105.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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