SCR203 - Diversity Issues in the Workplace

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Subject Title
Diversity Issues in the Workplace

Subject Description
This subject examines the realities, experiences and effects of diversity in the workplace. It will focus on the personal issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, (dis)abilities and other diversity related matters.  One?s ability to manage workplace relationships with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and to be managed in a diverse workplace setting is profoundly affected by how one is able to understand one?s own biases as well as those of others. 

We will explore the importance of understanding cultural similarities and differences and how these issue s relate to the wider society and to the workplace.   This subject will provide you with the opportunity to explore and examine strategies such as team building, change and conflict management, as well as concepts of effective communication and good office etiquette to increase one?s own ability to develop critical thinking , analytical and cross-cultural communication skills.  While doing so, you will also be challenged to develop a critical perspective on the struggles many workers experience in the Canadian workplace.   

Credit Status
One full credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

• Apply theoretical perspectives to analyzing issues of race, ethnicity, age, gender, language, disability, religion and sexual diversity in the workplace.

• Identify various forms of discrimination, attitudinal/institutional barriers and power discrepancies in various Canadian workplaces.

• To critique organizations’ diversity strategies and offer means to improve them.

• Develop an awareness of and leadership skills required to participate in and manage a diverse workforce.

• Identify the key characteristics of an equitable and progressive workplace and develop strategies to respond effectively to incidents of discrimination and barriers to equity in the workplace.

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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