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LIBS 7010 - The Literature of Leadership: Reading Leadership Texts, Paradigms and Strategies

Liberal Studies Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

In this course students will read and analyse works offering various perspectives on the theme of leadership, including artistic, military, political, social, and business texts. Readings will be drawn from different literary genres, cultures and historical periods. Students will critically read and analyse both substantive literary texts (e.g. novels) and key excerpts from classic texts. Film, multimedia and online texts may also be examined. In interrogating representations of leaders and leadership as expressed through the lens of literary works and various other discourses, students will not only enhance their critical reading and writing abilities, but also gain the means to interrogate the values and views of real leaders, past and present, noble and peer.


BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss representative literary works about leadership.
  • Describe conflicts, critiques and ambiguities that representative texts present about the idea of leadership.
  • Discuss at an advanced level how genre and context affect meaning.
  • Apply ideas drawn from artistic works of different eras to contemporary professional and social contexts.
  • Revise notions of standard genres of professional communication, seen through the lens of literary and philosophical thought of both Western and Eastern cultures.
  • Articulate continuities and changes in perceptions and expressions of leadership from the ancient world to the present day.
  • Apply ideas from the ancient world, the middle ages, the renaissance and 20th century to contemporary issues and cases in management and organizational behaviour.
  • Apply theories and practices of literary and cultural analysis to contemporary civic and professional issues.
  • Recognize how historical traditions and artistic works inform contemporary theories and practices.
  • Identify assumptions behind theories (e.g., related to gender, culture, historical era, class, education).

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2005

Related Programs

LIBS 7010 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business

  1. Accounting
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Accounting


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