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2014/2015  BA-BHAAU3004U  Diversity Management

English Title
Diversity Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Jawwad Raja - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Management
  • Organization
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 11-04-2014
Learning objectives
By the end of this course:
  • The student should be able to discuss the theoretical differences between equal opportunity and managing diversity approaches.
  • The student should be able account for selected theories in relation to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and disability.
  • The student should be able to present argumentation that supports given organisational policies in support of equality management.
Course prerequisites
This course is open to all bachelor students.
Oral exam based on written product:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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. 4 students in the group
If the synopsis is written individually then max. 5 pages. The oral exam will be held individually.
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
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
Course content and structure
This course critically examines aspects of equality and inequality in all areas of life but particularly in the workplace. Discrimination happens in many aspects of our life and work. Certain forms of discrimination may be deemed to be acceptable, but others are not, and been made unlawful. Differences between people, and our perceptions of the significance of these differences, have important personal, organisational and social implications. This course provides an opportunity to consider the ethical, behavioural and institutional processes underpinning the need to ‘mange diversity’ and the effectiveness of strategies deployed to make the workplace more ‘equal’.  Topics addressed include for example:
  • Theorising workforce diversity
  • Diversity in a organsational context
  • Types of discrimination in the workplace
  • Legal framework for diversity
  • Trade unions and diversity
  • Equality and diversity policy and practice in organisations
  • Diversity in a European context
Teaching methods
The course will consist of lectures, case discussions and workshops. Active preparation and participation are expected from the students.
Further Information
Develop written work that relies upon theory and evidence, offer a reasoned and critical argument in classes, participate in group discussion and debates and employ both quantitative and qualitative evidence in an argument.

Schedule: wednesday 13.30-16.05, week 36-43 and
Friday 11.40-14.25, week 36-43.

Changes in schedule may occur.
Expected literature
Kirton, G. and Greene, A. (2010), The Dynamics of Managing Diversity: A Critical Approach, 3rd Edition, Elsevier, Oxford.
Last updated on 11-04-2014