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MGT8006 Inclusive Workplaces

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Shalene Werth


The focus on diversity and inclusion in Australian and overseas organisations can be viewed, over time, as a continuum. Organisations are gradually moving from the understanding of diversity as a compliance issue to one of valuing diversity and the richness of experience that it provides. Emerging inclusive workplace practices focus on engaging the entire workforce regardless of characteristics that might be perceived to be incongruent with traditional expectations of what constitutes an ‘ideal worker’. Organisations need to take positive steps to ensure equal employment, promotion opportunities support for diverse groups of employees. Diversity programs are proactive and aim to achieve a diverse and heterogeneous workforce that values employee differences, these contribute to the local as well as global community. Students in this course will engage with the diversity literature in order to fully understand the implications of the regulatory, social and business environment for the area of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

This course sets the scene by exploring concepts of diversity as they relate to inclusion strategies within organisations. Cases and examples exploring inclusion best practice are examined. Students are encouraged to reflect on their personal understandings of inclusion, and explore the changing face of diversity and inclusion within organisations. Students will explore the importance of successful and seamless inclusion as an outcome of diversity management. This is achieved though the development of insight into individual and group aspects of diversity, participants will reflect on their values, context and practice as these relate to the workforce diversity and inclusion literature and practice.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. critically examine aspects of the changing nature of diversity and inclusion in the organisational context;
  2. debate and research contemporary issues in workforce diversity and inclusion;
  3. appraise the issues that influence on-going development of diversity management theory and practice within the organisational context;
  4. critically evaluate the perspectives on workforce diversity and inclusion.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Diversity management concepts and theory 25.00
2. Workforce diversity in various contexts 25.00
3. Perspectives of workforce diversity 25.00
4. Contemporary issues of workforce diversity 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Mor-Barak, Michàlle E 2017, Managing diversity: toward a globally inclusive workplace, Fourth edn, SAGE Publications, Inc, Los Angeles.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 10 February 2023