The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018, 2019
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 labor 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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


Students 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 workforce diversity and state interventions.
  2. Conceptualisations of difference and the justification for diversity management.
  3. Theoretical explanations for labour market segmentation and segregation, equity and equality, group interactions and power.
  4. Diversity and the Law: understanding the Australian anti-discrimination, harassment and bullying legislation and case law, Equal Employment Opportunity and Gender Equality legislation.
  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.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Journal: Reflective Journal

Report: Group Presentation and Report

Essay: Essay on Workplace Diversity Issues

Contact hours

Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.