DIVERSITY AT WORK: ACCESS, EQUITY AND POLICY

GSD3DAW

2019

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

This subject examines discourses of work, diversity and policy in the nation. It explores contradictory processes through which social policy is developed along the axes and intersections of difference based on class, gender, sexuality, race, disability, and age. We consider the changing context of public policy, work, and new political struggles in both an international and national climate of economic and environmental instability and mass migration. Students will be introduced to conceptual frameworks and basic skills of policy analysis that can be applied to workplace practices and behaviours. Topics will include: equal opportunity, discrimination law, grievance procedures, promoting diversity in the workplace, and accessibility. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential, which entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorToula Diamanto Nicolacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of at least 45cp in your degree

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPoststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to PracticeRecommendedSusan Goodwin and Carol Bacchi, 2016Palgrave Macmillan
ReadingsAnalysing Policy: What's the problem represented to be?RecommendedCarol Bacchi, 2009Pearson Australia
ReadingsNeoliberal Indigenous Policy: Settler Colonialism and the 'Post-Welfare' StateRecommendedElizabeth Strakosch, 2015Palgrave Macmillan
ReadingsColouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives: life stories and essays by First Nations people of AustraliaRecommendedDino Hodge (Ed), 2015Wakefield Press
ReadingsProgressive Sexuality Education: The Conceipts of SecularismRecommendedMary Lou Rasmussen, 2015Routledge
ReadingsDisability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip TheoryRecommendedJay Sibara and Sarah Jaquette Ray (Eds), 2017University of Nebraska Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and evaluate alternative conceptual approaches to social policy and welfare in Australian and comparative contexts.

Activities:
Digital presentation (equivalent to approx. 1,000 words)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Develop understanding of the changing relationships between states, markets, families and the community sector.

Activities:
Short essay (approx. 1,000 words)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Assess contemporary policy directions and their implications.

Activities:
Reflective online blog posts (approx.800 words)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Demonstrate the capacity to work effectively in groups.

Activities:
Group presentation (equivalent to approx. 1,200 words)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Summer 3, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorToula Diamanto Nicolacopoulos

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 06 - 07
Two 8.0 hours block mode per week on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Digital presentation contextualising policy area (equivalent to approx. 1,000 words)Students to develop and deliver a presentation on a chosen policy area.25 01
Policy analysis and evaluation (approx. 1,000 words)Students to select an existing workplace diversity policy and write a short essay analysing and evaluating the policy.25 02
Thinking policy: reflective and responsive online blogs (approx.800 words).Students to write short blog posts in response to weekly subject readings related to current and past diversity policy in the workplace.20 03
Policy planning and implementation (approx. 1,200 words)Students to work in small groups to develop a diversity policy for a chosen organisation, and to submit a document that includes: the diversity policy and a timeline for implementation.30 04