Course description

Managing Workplace Diversity


Managing diversity is a central challenge in organizations today and a hotly debated topic in society and the media.  How do we define diversity? Who defines diversity? Are some differences better than others? In this course using organizational and psychological research we explore the concept of diversity in the workplace, intergroup bias, stereotypes and groups. We examine the different dimensions of diversity (such as, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, people with disabilities, sexual orientation) in national and international organizations. We also evaluate diversity policies in organizations in order to determine best practice. This course will provide the students with a theoretical, analytical and experienced based foundation for understanding the challenges involved in managing a diverse workforce.

Course content

Topics covered:
1. Examining the construct of diversity in a national and international context
2 .Central theories and research  for understanding the emergence of social categories and the impact of these processes on organizational outcomes
3. Diversity and organizational behavior
4. Managing diversity: theoretical and practical approaches for organizations

Learning outcome knowledge

By the end of the course the students should

  • be able to define the construct of diversity, and
  • be able to critically describe and assess theories and research studies related to diversity and the workplace
  • current best practices of diversity management

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 25%
  • Written assignment: 75%