Managing Diversity

Course code IRHR3035Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Management of diversity impacts both organizational performance and environment. This course aims to introduce you to a range of theoretical and applied approaches from various disciplines, so you can analyse workforce diversity in modern organisations and then design, evaluate and implement strategies to manage workforce diversity. Federal and state interventions which address labour market inequality and issues of gender, culture, disability, age and work/life balance etc, especially in Australia, are analysed. How diversity is managed at an organisational-level is the principal focus of the course. The social, legal and equity issues relevant to managing diversity in enterprises from both a national and international perspective will be addressed.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Identify and interpret the characteristics of workforce diversity both nationally and internationally using a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder analysis.
2. Critically evaluate theories that seek to explain equity and diversity.
3. Research and critically analyse the legislation, government policies and case law which relate to anti-discrimination, harassment, Equal Employment Opportunity, affirmative action, pay equity claims and privacy.
4. Discuss and evaluate diversity management and both strengths and weaknesses of the 'business case'.
5. Select and design the key elements of an organisation's diversity strategy incorporating best practice examples and technical or process skills for managing diversity (awareness, personal values, team building, communication and supervisory interventions).
6. Employ macro and organisational-level data to critically analyse the success of state and firm-based diversity interventions.
7. Identify, analyse, evaluate and communicate information reflective of professional practical formats and contexts.
ContentStudents are required to apply relevant theories to analyse organisational-level human resource management functions and use their knowledge of relevant employment law and government policy to develop insights into the practice of managing diversity.

1.Contemporary and historical overview of patterns of workforce diversity and state interventions.
2.Conceptualisations of difference and managing diversity.
3.Theoretical explanations for diversity, equality and inequality, group interactions and power.
4.Diversity and the Law: especially Equal Employment Opportunity, anti-discrimination harassment and workplace bullying and privacy legislation and case law.
5.The 'business case' for diversity.
6.Dimensions of diversity and outcomes experienced at work including gender, work/life balance, cultural diversity and Indigenous Australians, workers with disabilities, religious and sexual diversity and age.
7.Best practice organisational interventions
8.Managing Diversity in practice in organisations: Challenges and opportunities.
Replacing Course(s)IRHR3030
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIRHR2270
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsReport, essay
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for IRHR3035