Not available in 2014/15
MG306      Half Unit
Managing Diversity in Organisations

This information is for the 2014/15 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Alexandra Beauregard NAB4.14


This course is available on the BSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations and BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

The course will be capped at 15 students.


None, but some background in either Organisational Behaviour (MG102 or ID200) or Human Resource Management (MG201 or ID290) would be useful.

Course content

The primary aim of the course is to develop students' understanding and critical awareness of issues associated with managing a workforce characterised by diversity in age, gender, race, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. The course endeavours to combine academic rigour with a practical focus on promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, enabling students to both develop a critical understanding of relevant theoretical and empirical literature and apply acquired knowledge to specific diversity management scenarios. Seminars will require participation in group exercises designed to enhance students' appreciation of the wide range of issues associated with categorizing individuals as members of different groups, on whatever basis.

Students will become familiar with the drivers of increased workforce diversity, the psychological and sociological theories underlying discrimination and exclusion, current employment legislation related to diversity in the UK, and the barriers to equality of opportunity in the workplace for minority groups. Students will examine "best practice" in diversity management programmes and learn to critically assess organisational policies and practices for managing workplace diversity with regard to their ability to enhance organisational performance and avoid costly litigation.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Lectures will be shared with MSc students, but separate classes will be held for undergraduate students.

Formative coursework

Students are required to submit an essay of 1,800 words

Indicative reading

A full reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course. Key texts include:

Danowitz, M. A., Hanappi-Egger, E., & Mensi-Klarbach, H. (Eds.). Diversity in organizations: Concepts and practices. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Kirton, G., & Greene, A-M. (2010). The dynamics of managing diversity: A critical approach. Oxford, UK: Elsevier.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2013/14: Unavailable

Average class size 2013/14: Unavailable

Capped 2013/14: No

Lecture capture used 2013/14: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving