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Postgraduate Course: Global Diversity and Equality Management (CMSE11575)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe importance of managing workforce diversity for organisations 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 managing diversity within their organisations, as well as in leveraging it to foster an inclusive workplace and organisational culture.

By the end of this course students will have a holistic appreciation of the tools necessary to understand and implement effective diversity and equity 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.

By the end of the course, students will have/be able to:
1. introduce theoretical perspectives relating to equality, diversity, disadvantage and discrimination in employment.
2. identify the contribution of equality and diversity policies and practices to the achievement of organisational goals, quality and excellence.
3. increase students' awareness of their personal biases, and their ability to prevent those biases from affecting everyday interactions.
4. understand the business case for diversity.
5. provide students with concrete strategies for reaping the benefits of diversity in organizations, while avoiding potential drawbacks.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 14, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 84 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework (individual) - Assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessment within agreed deadlines.
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.

Syed, J. and Ozbilgin, M. (2015), Managing diversity and inclusion: An international perspective: Sage.

Key journals
International journal of human resource management
Human resource management
Gender, Work and Organization
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to

Understand how to manage and sustain successful individual and group relationships in order to achieve positive and responsible outcomes, in a range of virtual and face-to-face environments.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.
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Course organiserDr Lucia Cervi
Tel: (0131 6)50 4307
Course secretaryMr Sean Reddie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
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