Managing Equity and Diversity (Previously IRL140) - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Print Only
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Report1 - 1000 words (20%) , Report2 - 2000 words (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,826.00
International 3,076.00

This unit responds to the challenges faced by employment relations, human resource and other managers in providing equitable workplaces that comply with legislative requirements and that are required to deal effectively with an increasingly diverse workforce with a range of cultural, gender, disability, age and other differences.

The central question addressed will be: 'How can we understand the theories and practices that come under the broad headings of equity and diversity in the workplace, and what implications does this have for designing employment policies and practices that achieve equity, optimal productivity, innovation and job satisfaction outcomes?'. The unit examines legislation, policies and practices in Australia and analyses organisational policies and practices. The unit employs a combination of theoretical and experiential learning to encourage understanding of these processes, as well as practical skills in managing them.

At the completion of this unit students will demonstrate:

  1. a theoretical understanding of the literature in relation to managing diversity and the national and organisational practices which are associated with this
  2. a theoretical understanding of issues of employment equity in organisations and of relevant legislation
  3. an ability to analyse diversity issues in organisations and the strategies used to address this
  4. an ability to assess organisational responses to harness the benefits of diversity or inclusiveness in organisations.
  • Report1 — 1000 words (20%)
  • Report2 — 2000 words (40%)
  • Report3 — 2000 words (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is managing equity and diversity?
2Equity and diversity: models and theories
3Equity and diversity legislation in Australia
4Work and family/ work life policies
5Managing equity and diversity in organisations
6Gender diversity
7Ethnic and cultural diversity in organisations
8Indigenous employment experiences
9Equity and diversity programs in organisations
10Managing a disabled and able-bodied work force
11Sexual harassment in the workplace
12Age and employment

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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