Managing for Diversity - MAN00011H

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Zhe Jiang
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • Despite extensive legislative protections on national and European level, the workplace remains a primary site of exclusionary practices, prejudice and exploitation. People have different employment opportunities, they receive differential treatment at work and their career projections also differ. Yet this reality is often denied, and differences between people trivialised. In this module we consider what organisational diversity and inclusion of different people means, both in theory and in practise. We also consider how people are marginalised in different ways at work and what incentives have been used to address representational, structural, and systemic forms of discrimination as well as raising awareness of equality and diversity related issues amongst the working population.

 

  • The module draws on a wide range of advanced, contemporary and international business and management research that resonate with the business mood and cultural awareness of late capitalism. It further encourages inter-disciplinary thinking by engaging with scholarship in the areas of management, organisation theory, psychology, gender studies, critical race and queer theory; cultural theory, sociology; and philosophy with the aim of extending current understanding of key business and management themes and broader societal and cultural trends by critically examining emergent theories and new ideas.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand a range of intellectual approaches to the study of diversity in management and organisations
  • Be able to identify social and organisational structural barriers to equality including patriarchy, whiteness, heteronormativity and its alternatives
  • Analyse representations of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, disability and age in the popular and scholarly media, their enculturation and institutionalization into assumptions and their effects on organisations
  • Identify and critique institutional, organisational and individual attempts to manage gender and other forms of diversity including leadership and change initiatives
  • Reflect systematically on the implications for their own future practice as a manager or organisational membe

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 70
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group Presentation
N/A 30

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
1500 word individual report
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 70

Module feedback

Module assessment reports to students are written by the module leader for all assessments (open and closed) and placed on the VLE after the Board of Examiners has received the module marks.

Additionally, for open assignments students are given individual written feedback via The York Management School assignment feedback form. The feedback form provides guidance on key areas for focusing upon improvements for future assessments, and ties module specific learning outcomes to marking criteria. This form is normally provided after the relevant Part A and Part B Board of Examiners meeting. However, if a module has more than one assessment element feedback on earlier submissions is released as soon as possible after marking of the assignment element.

Indicative reading

  • Alvesson, M. and Due Billing, Y. (2009) Understanding Gender and Organizations. London: Sage.
  • Özbilgin, M. (2009). Equality, diversity and inclusion at work: a research companion. Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar.



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