Managing Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

HRM70012 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

This unit will commence 2019
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.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. 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.
2. Critically evaluate the issues associated with developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives that are equitable and sustainable within the workplace.
3. Critically analyse the psychological processes that influence our own and others' assumptions, attitudes and stereotypes regarding differences in diversity.
4. Critically evaluate the ethical, social justice and professional issues associated with diversity management in the contemporary workplace from the perspective of different stakeholders.
5. Critically reflect on the role of line managers and the senior management team in managing and leading diverse teams.