literature-based learning

Library Reserves (Canvas)

Canvas, Harvard’s learning management system, allows instructors to submit requests for course readings to a supporting Harvard library.                                     

Reading Course (BSC)

The Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, offered by the Bureau of Study Counsel, is open to all Harvard students who want to practice strategies in reading purposefully.     

Teaching the Moral Leader: A Literature-Based Leadership Course

Whether instructors are interested in experimenting with literature-based learning in one course module or an entire curriculum, Sandra Sucher’s Teaching the Moral Leader is a practical guide, available through the Harvard Library and where books are sold.

Learning through literature: ‘Closer to life as it is really lived’


Sandra Sucher, MBA Class of 1966 Professor of Management Practice, teaches “The Moral Leader” at Harvard Business School with a literature-based approach. The MBA elective, introduced by Professor Emeritus Robert Coles in the 1980s, has since been taught by a number of HBS faculty. Each course meeting is dedicated to a work of fiction, biography, autobiography, or history, and the structured discussion forces students to describe and analyze the characters’ decision in context before passing judgment. “Students are brought much closer to life as it is really lived than they are in traditional lectures or case discussions." Read more about Learning through literature: ‘Closer to life as it is really lived’