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2013/2014  KAN-DCM_DIM  Diversity Management – Diversity, Gender and Equality in Organisations

English Title
Diversity Management – Diversity, Gender and Equality in Organisations

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course period First Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Annette Risberg - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 28-08-2013
Learning objectives
After the course students should be able to:
  • describe, compare and discuss management approaches and critical perspectives to diversity
  • relate these approaches and perspectives to the issues of ethnicity, gender and other common diversity categories
  • analyze and reflect upon these approaches from organizational as well as societal perspectives
  • analyze the advantages and problems with the notion of diversity when encountered in organizational contexts, and assess some of the practical implications following from the work with diversity in specific company cases
  • describe, apply and assess relevant analytical tools and methods to understand and identify diversity issues in an organisational setting.
Diversity Management – Diversity, Gender and Equality in Organisations:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 5 students in the group
Size of written product Max. 30 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
The exam is a group exam based on a group case analysis. Students will work in groups of 3-5 to complete a case analysis of a company. The analysis shall focus on the needs for diversity management and diversity work in the organization or analyzing existing diversity management and diversity work.
The case report represents approximately half of the final grade with the oral exam representing the other half. Further instructions will be provided in class. The papers will be assessed using the standard Danish grading scale.
The length of the case report depends on the size of the group.
Group of 3 has to deliver no more than 20 pages, group of 4 no more than 25 pages and a group of 5 no more than 30 pages. One page is approximately 2275 characters. 
Examiner and co-examiner
Course content and structure
Diversity is a widely-debated topic both in society in general and within organizations. This course aims at providing the students with an in-depth understanding of the concept of diversity in organizations as well as in the different perspectives on and definitions of diversity management. We will discuss management approaches as well as critical perspectives to diversity. Many different aspects of diversity will be addressed such as, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and more. We will read literature on diversity from different contexts. The students will analyse the diversity initiatives in different organisations. During the class discussions we will examine and debate what diversity is and what effects these definitions have on the organization and its stakeholders. We will also discuss why organizations address diversity from a firm perspective as well as from a societal perspective. Companies and associations working with diversity will be invited to the course. The instructors will use lectures, case presentations/analysis, company presentations, and student presentations-participation throughout the course. In addition, because one of the central objectives of the course is for students to develop an informed but critical understanding of diversity management, the course is structured to maximize student participation and engagement. Throughout the course, students will be asked to prepare small/informal presentations based on the readings, class discussions, company presentations, personal experience, and easily available texts/media (websites, newspapers, etc.).
Teaching methods
Lectures, student participation, case teaching.
Further Information
The course’s development of personal competences:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to locate and evaluate research materials, organize and use data/research to create and support an original argument. In addition, students will gain experience speaking in front of and with colleagues, developing their personal communication skills.
Expected literature

To be announced on Learn

Last updated on 28-08-2013