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WORK3203: Gender, Diversity and Inclusion at Work

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.


Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Unit code WORK3203
Unit name Gender, Diversity and Inclusion at Work
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Completion of at least 48 credit points
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Lisa Gulesserian,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Tutorial Participation and Attendance
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO4
Assignment Critical reflection essay
30% Week 08
Due date: 04 Oct 2021 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO4 LO3
Presentation group assignment Building/presenting your campaign for change
Presentation and report
20% Week 12
Due date: 02 Nov 2021 at 23:59
15 minutes, 1 page
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment criteria



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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Please select a valid week from the list below Introduction to Gender, Diversity & Inclusion at Work Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Unconscious (or Implicit) Bias Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Gender in Organisations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Design Thinking & Critical Reflection Essay Preparation Workshop Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Gender & Diversity in Organisations: Workplace power, privilege and incivility Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Gender and Diversity in Organisational Leadership What Organisations are doing Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Reading week - no lecture or tutorial Individual study (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity & Inclusion at Work Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples at Work Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Gender and Sexuality at Work Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Age, workplace policy and new forms of leave at work Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Group Presentations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Conclusion, overview and exam review Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Tutorial attendance and participation are assessable activities, as is Lecture attendancce at Week 12 for Group Presentations. 


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.

Required readings

There is no textbook for this course. Assigned readings are available within Canvas, through the UoS library and online. 

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. Apply or explain key theories, concepts and examples addressed in the unit
  • LO2. Identify and evaluate the core issues of the question and apply relevant theories, concepts and examples in insightful ways
  • LO3. Rigorously analyse the core debates and synthesise major arguments and perspectives as well as provide evidence and sound justification
  • 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
This is the second time this unit is being offered, and first time over a full-semester. Your feedback will be listened to and implemented. Your feedback is extremely valuable to me and I will look forward to learning with you this semester.


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