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Unit Overview


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.

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
  • Level 3 option in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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) Examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Renata Casado
Unit rules
24 points of study at any level, including at least 12 points of Bachelor of Commerce units
EMPL2208 Managing Diversity
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.