Literature, Ethics, Authority

A painting entitled Authority Consults the Written Law by Constantino Brumidi.

Authority Consults the Written Law, a fresco painted by Constantino Brumidi c. 1875. (Image courtesy of The Architect of the Capital.)


MIT Course Number


As Taught In

Fall 2009



Cite This Course

Course Description

Course Features

Course Description

Literature, Ethics, and Authority uses story in the form of readings and movies to address the relationship between ethics and leadership. The course covers a range of topics, from issues of diversity and gender in the workplace to coping with the human realities of war and death. The course syllabus includes short stories, novels, plays, works of non-fiction, and films, and is representative of many different cultures and nationalities. This class is taught as a seminar to encourage discussion of these issues.

Other Versions

Related Content

Leigh Hafrey. 15.269 Literature, Ethics, Authority, Fall 2009. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

For more information about using these materials and the Creative Commons license, see our Terms of Use.