This unit introduces students to the roles diversity and inclusion have in enhancing the performance of employees and their organisation. It illustrates how the benefits of diversity can be realised, and how its challenges can be overcome, through effective management and HR policies and practices. In doing so, it emphasises the close relationship that should be established between diversity and inclusion in building a fair and equitable workplace. Furthermore, it connects diversity and inclusion issues with aspects of employee health and well-being, professional identity, and cross-cultural management. Approaches to evaluating diversity and inclusion program effectiveness in organisations are also discussed.


Teaching Periods
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Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
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Semester 2
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Last self-enrolment date
Census date
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Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the concepts and theoretical constructs that enhance understanding of difference and diversity as intrinsic to the development of individual, team and organisational knowledge and skills
  • Critically evaluate the issues associated with developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives that are equitable and sustainable within the workplace
  • Critically analyse the psychological processes that influence our own and others' assumptions, attitudes and stereotypes regarding differences in diversity
  • Critically evaluate the ethical, social justice and professional issues associated with diversity management in the contemporary workplace from the perspective of different stakeholders
  • Critically reflect on the role of line managers and the senior management team in managing and leading teams

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
1.00 12 weeks 12


Type Task Weighting ULO's
PresentationGroup 30 - 40% 1,3,4,5 
Project ReportGroup 10 - 20% 1,2,3,4,5 
ReportIndividual 10 - 20% 1,3 
Research ReportIndividual 30 - 50% 1,2,3,4 


  • Theoretical underpinnings of diversity in terms of categorisation and identity
  • The business case for diversity and Inclusion
  • The social and demographic changes, from a global and local perspective, that are relevant to understanding diversity management
  • Visible and invisible diversity in the workforce: visible minorities (race, ethnicity, gender, indigeneity); invisible diversity (diverse sexualities, gender identities, linguistic and cultural diversity)
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of implementing diversity and inclusion programs
  • Cross cultural management
  • Mental health and wellbeing in the diverse workforce
  • The legal and ethical landscape of diversity management practice and corporate governance: social justice, equity and fairness in the workplace
  • Inclusion, privilege and structural inequalities
  • Professional identity and advocacy roles
  • Top management team diversity and board diversity: their relevance to dynamic environments
  • Managing tensions in a diverse workforce: working with others who hold conflicting social and cultural values
  • The future of diversity initiatives

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.