Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the literature in relation to managing diversity and the national and organisational practices which are associated with diversity theories.
  2. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of issues of employment equity in organisations and relevant legislation.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to analyse diversity issues in organisations and the strategies used to address diversity in organisations.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to assess organisational responses to harness the benefits of diversity or inclusiveness in organisations.
    • What is managing equity and diversity?
    • Equity and diversity: models and theories
    • Equity and diversity legislation in Australia
    • Work and family/ work life policies
    • Managing equity and diversity in organisations
    • Gender diversity
    • Indigenous employment experiences
    • Ethnic and cultural diversity in organisations
    • Equity and diversity programs in organisations
    • Managing a disabled and able-bodied work force
    • Sexual harassment in the workplace
    • Age and employment
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

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

  • GRF-EMP-MAS-2019
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2019
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2019

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as IRL140.

This unit responds to the challenges faced by employment relations, human resource and other managers to provide 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, abilities, 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, 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.

  • Assignment 1 (1000 words) (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (2000 words) (40%)
  • Assignment 3 (2000 words) (40%)

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