School of Business and Management

BUSM017 Managing Diversity

BUSM017 Managing Diversity


1 (2017/18)

Module organiser

Professor Gill Kirton


This module examines theories of equality and diversity and of occupational segmentation. It explores diversity and equality across the dimensions of gender, race, disability, age and sexual orientation and considers the organisational processes, which produce and reproduce inequalities of outcome among diverse social groups. The course also considers equality and diversity policy and practice at organisational level. Different national contexts are investigated.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to: 

  • provide a critical analysis of traditional approaches to management, organisation and employment from the perspectives of disadvantaged groups 
  • critically assess equality and diversity policy and practice in a range of national and international employment contexts
  • consider appropriate strategies and structures for overcoming discrimination and inequalities in employment and in organisations

Key texts

  • Kirton, G and Greene, A. M. (2005) The Dynamics of Managing Diversity. Elsevier.
  • Ozbilgin, M and Tatli, A (2008) Global Diversity Management, Palgrave.
  • Wright, T. and Conley, H. (2011) Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work, Surrey: Gower.
  • Noon, Mike. (2001) Equality, diversity and disadvantage in employment. Palgrave.
  • Davidson, Marilyn J. and Fielden, S. (2003) Individual diversity and psychology in organizations. John Wiley.
  • Konrad, A, Prasad, P and Pringle, J (2006) Handbook of Workplace Diversity. Sage.


100% Coursework: 80% Essay (2000 words), 20% Individual Presentation