EMPL3208 Managing Diversity

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Work and Employment Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit aims at familiarising students with contemporary developments in the management of workplace diversity. Through Australian and international case studies the unit evaluates the policies and theoretical frameworks informing organisational strategies that relate to gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age and family responsibilities. Students design and execute a group research project involving organisations, managers and experts in the field, from which they gain practical and analytical skills in effective diversity management.
Students are able to (1) understand current developments in the management of workplace diversity; (2) relate diversity issues to sociological and feminist theories of work and organisations; (3) identify and analyse the effectiveness of management strategies that promote workplace diversity in areas including gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age and family responsibilities; (4) develop experience and capability in qualitative research design and methodology; (5) design and implement a practical team based research project to investigate the management of workplace diversity in an actual organisation; and (6) demonstrate enhanced written, oral, information literacy and interpersonal communication skills through participation in a team based research project, and through the presentation of the findings of that research to a diverse audience.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation ; (2) group project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Renata Casado
Unit rules
EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
EMPL2208 Managing Diversity
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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