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MN4268   Equality and Diversity in Organisations

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

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)

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 170

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: An alternative project of up to 3,000 words = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof R Woodfield, Dr B Bratanova