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Gender Diversity in the Workplace (GEND30005)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeGEND30005
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will examine the following questions: what exactly do we mean by gender diversity, who do current ideas include or exclude, why and when is it important, and how should we try to achieve it?

The what, why and how of gender diversity are fundamental questions relating to organizational management, performance and productivity, social values, fairness and justice, as well as the ethical and legal obligations of organisations. This subject explores these issues from ethical, empirical, historical and practical perspectives. It takes an interdisciplinary approach that draws on management science, philosophy, psychology and leadership studies , and provides opportunities for students to apply contemporary academic understandings to their current and future work roles.

In a learning environment that actively draws on the diverse perspectives of students from across faculties, the subject will explore topics such as:

  • The legal and social history of rights and representation in the workplace
  • The business case for gender diversity
  • The social justice case for gender diversity
  • The ethics of affirmative action
  • Practical scripts and strategies for motivating and leading change in the workplace

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Locate contemporary debates about gender diversity in a social, empirical and historical context.
  • Apply ethical and philosophical frameworks to debates about gender diversity in the workplace
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively ideas about gender diversity in the workplace
  • Critically engage with different arguments for gender diversity

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • Develop the clear thinking skills required to assess empirical and ethical arguments.
  • Develop effective written academic and non-academic communication skills.
  • Develop skills of values-based leadership

Last updated: 12 July 2019