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MN4268 Equality and Diversity in Organisations

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module explores Equality and Diversity issues in the context of a range of organisations. We will first develop a clear understanding of the legal framework within which Equality and Diversity issues exist in the UK and the range of E&D issues we will explore including those related to gender, age, disability, and ethnicity. We will explore the individual and group processes which frame the utilisation of stereotypes within organisations and how such devices can produce bias, prejudice and discrimination. We will then examine the relationship between Equality and Diversity issues and organisational culture and sub-culture, organisational success and failure, individual and group performance, and finally, we will explore mechanisms for addressing and managing Equality and Diversity challenges. Students will achieve a comprehensive and deep understanding of Equality and Diversity issues, challenges and initiatives by the end of the module. A range of theoretically-focused and empirically-focused academic reading will frame students' developing understanding of the key issues explored. Moreover, materials will be used throughout to concretise and contextualise students' understanding of the issue explored. These include developed scenarios, case studies, film clips and extended film viewings.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Management degrees, Management Science.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 lectures (x 10 weeks) 1-hour seminars (x 10 weeks), and 4 optional consultative hours ( x 12 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 30
  • Guided independent study: 170

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:An alternative project of up to 3,000 words = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof R Woodfield
Module teaching staff:Prof R Woodfield, Dr B Bratanova