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Postgraduate Course: Global Diversity and Equality Management (CMSE11372)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe importance for business/organisations of managing workforce diversity has become widely recognised in business, professional and academic communities. This course introduces students to the background and context of this debate and provides an opportunity to explore contemporary contexts, concepts, policies and practices in the field.
Course description The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of how managers and HR professionals can be effective in not only managing diversity but also in leveraging diversity as a competitive advantage. By the end of this course students will have a holistic appreciation of the tools necessary to implement effective diversity management practices for a globally inclusive workplace.
The course comprises of formal lectures, case study analysis and group discussions. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions. The course teaching is integrative in nature, bringing together insights and understanding from more than one topic in order to encourage the development of stronger evaluative, rather than descriptive, skills.

Aims, Nature, Context
By the end of the course, students will have/be able to:
1. To introduce theoretical perspectives relating to equality, diversity, disadvantage and discrimination in employment.
2. To identify the contribution of equality and diversity policies and practices to the achievement of organisational goals, quality and excellence.
3. To increase students' awareness of their personal biases, and their ability to prevent those biases from affecting everyday interactions.
4. To understand the business case for diversity.
5. To provide students with concrete strategies for reaping the benefits of diversity in organisations, while avoiding potential drawbacks.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 127 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Preparation lectures 60hrs, Research 20hrs, presentation preparation 15hrs, exam preparation 32hrs
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 65 %, Practical Exam 35 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay
65 % weighting
Presentation
35 % weighting
Feedback All students will be given at least one formative feedback or feedforward event for every course they undertake, provided during the semester in which the course is taken and in time to be useful in the completion of summative work on the course. Such feedback may be at course or programme level, but must include input of relevance to each course in the latter case.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Provide a critical analysis of traditional approaches to management, organisation and employment from the perspectives of disadvantaged groups.
  2. Critically assess equality and diversity policy and practice in international employment contexts
  3. Consider appropriate strategies and structures for overcoming discrimination and inequalities in employment and in workplaces.
  4. Consider the contribution that workforce diversity can make to organisations.
Reading List
Barak, M. E. M. (2013). Managing diversity: Toward a globally inclusive workplace. Sage Publications. Paperback 53.00 at Blackwell's
Syed, J. and Ozbilgin, M. (2015), Managing diversity and inclusion: An international perspective: Sage. Paperback 33.99 at Blackwell's
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding:
By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to:
-Acquire a secure knowledge and understanding of the various debates concerning diversity and equality management.
-Critically appraise and synthesise research evidence in order to analyse, evaluate and apply principles of inclusion appropriately to ensure efficacy of policy development and contemporary practice.
-Evaluate and critically apply theoretical concepts and where appropriate, master practical skills for the management of complex issues associated with contemporary diversity management.
-Reflect upon and demonstrate knowledge of values and ethical thinking and demonstrate mastery within the field of diversity management.
Intellectual skills:
By the end of the course students will have developed or enhanced:
-An understanding, appreciation and valuing of all staff members' different sets of skills and abilities, and utilising their differences for the best personal and organisational results.
-Their embracing of the principle that people will be treated with fairness.
-An understanding of how diversity and equality management feeds into other core HR functions.
-Critical competence and the confidence to challenge contrary viewpoints.

Professional/subject-specific/practical skills
On completion of the assessed course work, students should have enhanced their ability to:
-Understand the meaning of protected characteristics
-Appreciate the different forms of discrimination
-Understand how they can recognise and deal with discriminatory behaviour
Transferable skills
On completion of the course students should:
-Be able to competently communicate and exchange ideas in both large and small group settings;
-Be able to critically evaluate evidence and present a balanced argument;
-Be able to plan, organise and prioritise work effectively.
-Be able to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
KeywordsIHRM-GDEM
Contacts
Course organiserDr Maryam Aldossari
Tel: (0131 6)50 2796
Email: Maryam.Aldossari@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Millson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3013
Email: Lauren.Millson@ed.ac.uk
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