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2014/2015  KAN-CCBLV3008U  Gender, Work, and Organizational Life

English Title
Gender, Work, and Organizational Life

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 40
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Lynn Roseberry - MPP
  • Robyn Remke - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Course administrator: Tove Pedersen (tpe.stu@cbs.dk)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Business psychology
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 17-02-2014
Learning objectives
  • Describe and explain the concepts, models, methods and theories introduced in the course.
  • Apply these concepts, models, methods and theories to an analysis of a specific organizational problem/issue and to developing solutions to these problems/issues
  • Provide an account of the theoretical and applied (practice-oriented) interconnections between gender, sex, and organizational theory introduced in the course
  • Reflectively consider (metatheoretically and critically) the concepts, models, methods and theories introduced in the course, and the potential and limitations of these in theory and practice
Gender, Work, and Organizational Life:
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. 5 students in the group
The oral exam will be a group exam but each student will receive an individual grade.
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
15 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 Spring Term and Spring Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Same as regular exam.
Course content and structure
Building on theories discussed in the Diversity Management course, this course aims to expand students' understanding of organizational theory, strategy, and communication by focusing on the significance of gender and sex for organizations and employees.  While “diversity”  is mainly used to signify the social categories of gender, race/ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, age and religion, much diversity research and practice today is inspired by theoretical and empirical studies on gender in organizations from a number of different disciplines. This course will include communication and organizational theory and examine such emipirical issues such as (nut not limited to) work/life management, leadership styles, board quotas, workplace policies such as family leave, harassment, pay gap, etc. As much of the discourse about gender-related issues in employment can be traced to anti-discrimination legislation and legal theory, the course will also focus on legal theory and court cases addressing sex discrimination in employment.

Managing gender diversity has become an increasingly compelling issue for many organizations as the percentage of female university graduates has grown to 50% or more in many fields, but women remain a minority among senior corporate executives and occupational segregation persists to such an extent that most men and women in Europe and North America still work in gender segregated occupations and workplaces. In the meantime, political, and legal developments, such as migration, aging, the movement for corporate social responsibility, feminist activism, anti-discrimination legislation, globalization, and international cooperation has drawn attention to the fact that men and women are but two categories that themselves contain enormous diversity. Managing gender diversity also requires attention to the ways in which the social categories of race and ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, and gender intersect in all individuals, complicating organizations’ efforts to attract and retain a diverse workforce.

The course will examine common understandings of gender and how they affect individual behavior, employee performance, and management approaches to managing gender diversity.
Teaching methods
The module is taught in a combination of lectures, case presentations and discussions, and seminars
Student workload
lectures 45 hours
Preparations for lectures and workshop 80 hours
exam preparation 80 hours
Expected literature
Jeanes, E., Knights, D., & Martin, P. Y. (Eds.). (2011). Handbook of Gender, Work, & Organization. West Sussex. UK: Wiley.

Additional readings available in the CBS library or posted on LEARN.  

Short compendium.
Last updated on 17-02-2014