DIVERSITY AT WORK: ACCESS, EQUITY AND POLICY

GSD3DAW

2021

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 ElectiveYes

Learning Activitiesonline discussions, polls, regular blog posts on reading activities and lecture responses, research essay

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

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

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDino Hodge

Year2015

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PublisherWakefield Press

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Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorSusan Goodwin and Carol Bacchi

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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Progressive Sexuality Education: The Conceipts of Secularism

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMary Lou Rasmussen

Year2015

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherRoutledge

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

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorCarol Bacchi

Year2009

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PublisherPearson Australia

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

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorJay Sibara and Sarah Jaquette Ray

Year2017

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press

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

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorElizabeth Strakosch

Year2015

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PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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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

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), 2021, LTU Term 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYassir Morsi

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 3 - 7
Two 8.00 h block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 3 to week 7 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Quizzes based on key readings (1,250-word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo25 SILO2

Thinking policy: reflective and responsive online blogs (1,250-word equivalent) Students to write short blog posts in response to weekly subject readings related to current and past diversity policy in the workplace.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO3

Policy Analysis (2,000-word equivalent) 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/AAssignmentGroupNo50 SILO1, SILO4