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WORK6115: Managing Diversity and Inclusion at Work

Intensive September, 2020 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit examines the ways in which organisations manage a heterogeneous workforce and the legal and ethical issues associated with the management of workforce diversity. While drawing on international literature in the field, the primary focus is on the Australian experience, including the so-called 'program' approach and the complaint mechanism found in the anti-discrimination statutes. As well as encouraging the development of diagnostic and prescriptive skills in diversity management, students also have the opportunity to develop a critical perspective on the growing literature in this field.

Unit details and rules

Unit code WORK6115
Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Credit points 6
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Dimitria Groutsis,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Assignment 1
10% Week 09 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Final exam (Take-home extended release) Type E final exam Final Exam
40% Week 13
Due date: 21 Sep 2020 at 08:00
48 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Assignment 2
30% Week 13 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation group assignment Facilitation
15% Weekly n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Participation Participation
5% Weekly n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type E final exam = Type E final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Facilitation: In groups of 3 to 4, you are required to pitch your idea around a specific aspect of diversity. As the facilitators, you are encouraged to engage the whole class and you are encouraged to be an expert in the particular topic, having completed all the readings.
  • Assignment 1: In light of your research/facilitation and class feedback during the facilitation, you will submit a group report.
  • This will be a professional report which will outline the central reason for the diversity and inclusion focus, and the need for change in the organisation (that you are facilitating your pitch to).
  • Assignment 2: Critically evaluate the case that the rise of diversity and inclusion policies in organisations has assisted a broad and diverse group of men and women workers to access all positions equally in organisations.
  • Final exam: Will require students to respond to two compulsory questions. The purpose of these questions is to engage students in the whole unit.
  • Participation: Seminar attendance and participation are compulsory. You are required to actively engage in all seminar discussion. To do so you will need to come prepared having done the readings and as such display an active understanding of the topic area.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

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

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Trends and Patterns: State of play in diversity and inclusion Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 03 Origins of a concept: Managing Diversity at Work and Diversity Policies and Practices in Australia and Around the World Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 04 Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management Practice Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 05 Diversity & Inclusion and Gender Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 06 Diversity & Inclusion and Sexuality Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 07 Diversity & Inclusion and Age Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 08 Diversity & Inclusion and Indigenous Workers Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 09 Diversity & Inclusion and People with Disabilities Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 10 Diversity & Inclusion, Flexibility, Work & Family Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 11 Diversity & Inclusion and Cultural diversity Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 12 Diversity and Inclusion Conclusion, Overview and future directions Lecture (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the business school does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

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 D and I theories and concepts addressed in the course, and the ability to draw on examples to illustrate business knowledge in D and I
  • LO2. demonstrate mastery of relevant knowledge and ability to question existing conventional wisdom and practice, and apply relevant theories, concepts, and examples in insightful ways to substantiate claims, and also demonstrate the ability to evaluate the D and I space - by questioning, assessing, and responding independently and creatively to assumptions, propositions, and debates within D and I practice
  • LO3. apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research skills to identify and diagnose complex and unfamiliar problems surrounding D and I, and use evidence and findings generated, to formulate strategically appropriate solutions/analyses to core debates in D and I, and also synthesise major arguments and perspectives, substantiate claims by providing appropriate breadth and depth of examples/evidence, and reference material (primary and secondary source material), and propose and justify appropriate response to questions/problems
  • LO4. develop a persuasive argument/negotiation/outcome through a written and verbal communication strategy, and communicate solutions appropriately, based on audience, and to a professional standard
  • LO5. debate, discuss, and solve problems by working in teams: that is, display capable team leadership skills and team collaboration skills
  • LO6. consider and deliver on ethical and social justice issues underscoring D and I debates and solutions.

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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