DIVERSITY AT WORK: ACCESS, EQUITY AND POLICY

GSD3DAW

2020

Credit points: 15

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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYassir Morsi

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of at least 45cp in your degree

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Progressive Sexuality Education: The Conceipts of Secularism

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMary Lou Rasmussen

Year2015

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PublisherRoutledge

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Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorJay Sibara and Sarah Jaquette Ray

Year2017

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press

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Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives: life stories and essays by First Nations people of Australia

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDino Hodge

Year2015

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherWakefield Press

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Neoliberal Indigenous Policy: Settler Colonialism and the 'Post-Welfare' State

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorElizabeth Strakosch

Year2015

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorSusan Goodwin and Carol Bacchi

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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Analysing Policy: What's the problem represented to be?

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCarol Bacchi

Year2009

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPearson Australia

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and evaluate alternative conceptual approaches to social policy and welfare in Australian and comparative contexts.
02. Develop understanding of the changing relationships between states, markets, families and the community sector.
03. Assess contemporary policy directions and their implications.
04. Demonstrate the capacity to work effectively in groups.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Summer 3, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYassir Morsi

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 6 - 7
Two 8.00 h block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 6 to week 7 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Policy analysis and evaluation (approx. 1,300 words) Students to select an existing workplace diversity policy and write a short essay analysing and evaluating the policy.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO2
Thinking policy: reflective and responsive online blogs (approx.1300 words) Students to write short blog posts in response to weekly subject readings related to current and past diversity policy in the workplace.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO3
Policy planning and implementation (approx. 1,500 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.N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO4