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MGT8007 Strategies for Workforce Inclusion

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Shalene Werth


Management strategies unique to the field of diversity management are important in the Australian organisational context for their continued success in a diverse society. These strategies are important to provide opportunities for groups who have, despite legislation and regulation, been disadvantaged in the labour market. These strategies also form the basis of the business case for managing diversity and its contribution to organisational performance and reputation. For those who implement diversity and inclusion strategies it is important to be aware of the legislation regulating this area and it is also critical to be aware of the diversity profile of the Australian workforce. Diversity and human resources practitioners, as well as managers generally, need to be creative in the development and implementation of inclusion programs. This field is developing rapidly and practitioners need to be agile and skilled in managing this ever evolving area.

Strategies involved in effective diversity management are critical to improve the inclusion of diversity groups within the work environment. This course examines the theoretically based strategies and ethical issues to assist with developing an inclusive organisational environment. Incorporating strategies which acknowledge the key aspects of particular diversity groups, for example the issue of disclosure of an invisible disability in the workplace will frame the inclusion strategies used for this group of employees. The concepts in this course acknowledge the 'voice' of the diversity groups, moving away from previous research that treated diversity groups as an employee group to be 'managed' rather than a valued employee group to be 'included' within the culture of the organisation.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. critically evaluate aspects of the changing nature of inclusion in workplaces;
  2. debate and research the theory and practice associated with individual diversity groups;
  3. critically examine the theory on which inclusion strategies for organisations are based;
  4. appraise the causes and patterns of inclusion and exclusion in modern organisation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theoretical and practice based concepts of diversity management 45.00
2. Inclusive leadership 10.00
3. Diversity groups: theory and practice 45.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Mor-Barak, Michà€lle 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

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Annotated bibliography No 50 1,2
Assignments Written Essay No 50 2,3,4
Date printed 30 June 2022