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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

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • An essay that discusses an aspect of gender diversity in the workplace from empirical, ethical and/or historical perspectives (2,250 words) (50%), Due in Week 5
  • A ‘board report’ providing concise and accessible recommendations relating to a gender diversity issue (1,000 words) (30%), Due in Week 7
  • A script and strategy to promote gender diversity within a real or hypothetical workplace context (750 words) (20%), Due in the examination period

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorCordelia Fine
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours - 3 hours per week of 'lectorial' including group work
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A subject reader will be available in the pre-teaching period via the LMS.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 12 July 2019