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WORK3203: Gender, Diversity and Inclusion at Work

Semester 1b, 2020 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The unit explores the strategies and initiatives implemented at the workplace and corporate level to manage a diverse workforce with a particular focus on the impact of gender on individuals' experiences of the world of work. While drawing on the intersecting elements of gender and other diversity dimensions (such as cultural diversity; LGBTIQ+; indigeneity; people with disabilities; age), the unit seeks to introduce students to a number of gender perspectives, highlighting how each perspective conceptualizes the issue of gender; provides a different lens to accounting for gender inequality and proposes different "solutions" to the "problem of gender diversity" in organizations. The unit takes a multi-level and multi-disciplinary approach to examining the management of gender and diversity, focusing on live case studies and practical examples.

Unit details and rules

Unit code WORK3203
Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Credit points 6
Completion of at least 48 credit points
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Dimitria Groutsis,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Examination
Written exam
40% Please select a valid week from the list below
Due date: 28 May 2020 at 14:00
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Presentation Building/presenting your campaign for change (presentation)
Oral presentation
20% Week 04
Due date: 23 May 2020 at 18:33
30-45 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Building/presenting your campaign for change (report)
Written report
10% Week 04
Due date: 23 May 2020 at 12:00
1 page
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Critical reflection essay
Please see seminar outline for question
30% Week 06
Due date: 01 Jun 2020 at 17:00

Closing date: 15 Jun 2020
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment item can be found on Canvas in the complementary seminar outline and in the assessment sheet 

Assessment criteria



For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late penalties will apply where special consideration has not been submitted and approved. Please refer to the Assessment Procedures (2011)

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
- Introduction/theories and approach Block teaching (3 hr) LO1
Are Organisations Gendered? Block teaching (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Visibility, voice, privilege and power Block teaching (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Work, flexibility and family: A gender penalty? Block teaching (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Policies, campaigns, remedies: Origins of concepts and the discourse of change Block teaching (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Policies, campaigns and remedies: Resistance, backlash, tokenism and fatigue Block teaching (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Design thinking: A methodology for building successful campaigns Block teaching (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Gendered leadership Block teaching (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
The Feminisation of Organisations: Implications and solutions Block teaching (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Double Time: Employment, Discrimination and Incarceration Block teaching (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Intersecting Diversity Characteristics: Double Jeopardy Deep dive - Gender and Ethnicity Block teaching (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Conclusion, overview and exam hints Block teaching (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

As this is a block mode delivery the expectation is that you attend all 3 hr workshops. 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate mastery of key theories, concepts and examples addressed in the unit
  • LO2. Demonstrates mastery of relevant knowledge. Comprehends the core issues of the question. Applies relevant theories, concepts and examples in insightful ways. Evaluates the question and key concepts.
  • LO3. Rigorously analyses the question and core debates. Synthesises major arguments and perspectives. Substantiates claims by providing appropriate examples/evidence and reference material Proposes and justifies appropriate response to question/problem.
  • LO4. Explain and apply theories, concepts and practices clearly, persuasively and to a high professional standard - both verbally and in writing
  • LO5. Debate, discuss and solve problems by building successful campaigns by working in teams
  • LO6. Resolve issues surrounding gender and diversity practices by considering the ethical and social justice issues underpinning this subject terrain

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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