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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The aim of this module is to provide learners with a fundamental understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion in an organisational context, including policy approaches, support and the elimination of barriers for minority people.

Description

The module provides a foundational discussion around key elements that aim at advancing the equality agenda, such as the legislative requirements as well as the social justice and business case arguments, including the following:

  • Introduction & Fundamental Ideas & Concepts within EDI;
  • Elementary Arguments for EDI (i.e. Legal Requirement; Social Obligation; Organisational Success);
  • Organisational Approaches towards EDI (i.e. Organisational Support; Policy Approaches; Recruitment & Talent Management).

This is a SCQF Level 10 module and upon successful completion, delegates will be awarded 20 credits.

 

Learning outcomes

The module is aimed at developing key knowledge and skills in understanding equality, diversity and inclusion which, upon successful completion, are as follows:

  • Critically define and evaluate fundamental theoretical concepts within the equality, diversity and inclusion debate;
  • Assess elementary arguments for equality, diversity and inclusion along the lines of the legal, social justice and business case;
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and critically evaluate organisational approaches towards the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda;
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically self-reflect on key behaviours and abilities helping to eliminate potential barriers to EDI in organisations.

 

Audience

While this module is predominately designed for individuals working in Human Resource Management or for those with managerial responsibilities in their organisations, it is also a valuable addition to any employee’s professional development.

 

Delivery and timetable*

The module is delivered on a hybrid basis over a 14-week period, comprising self-paced learning available via our virtual learning environment, and 4 live sessions that will take place on Wednesdays 5-8pm (see timetable below for dates) at our Paisley campus with the option to join these online.  Additionally, weekly one-hour online sessions will be held every Wednesday 5-6pm for informal discussions, either in relation to the various topics or more generally.  This will create additional space for participants to share their experiences, concerns and questions.

1st February 2023

Wednesday 5-8pm

Paisley campus/Online

Session 1: Introducing the EDI Debate

Topic 1: EDI = Fundamental Ideas & Concepts

  • Topic 1 introduces the course and explores the fundamental ideas of equality, diversity and inclusion, including definition and explanations the key concepts.

8th February 2023

Wednesday 5-6pm

Online

Tutor-led informal discussion session

15th February 2023

Wednesday 5-6pm

Online

Tutor-led informal discussion session

22nd February 2023

Wednesday 5-6pm

Online

Tutor-led informal discussion session

1st March 2023

Wednesday 5-8pm

Paisley campus/Online

Session 2: Elementary Arguments for EDI

Topic 2: EDI = Legal Requirement

  • Topic 2 explores the legalities for the public sector in Scotland, including areas within the Equality Act 2010 as well as the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations.

Topic 3: EDI = Social Obligation

  • Topic 3 discusses the social justice/moral case for equality, diversity and inclusion, which a particular emphasis on the role of the public sector within the EDI debate.

Topic 4: EDI = Organisational Success

  • Topic 4 evaluates the importance and applicability of the business case arguments, including the impact on organisational performance and HR.

8th March 2023

Wednesday 5-6pm

Online

Tutor-led informal discussion session

15th March 2023

Wednesday 5-6pm

Online

Tutor-led informal discussion session

22nd March 2023

Wednesday 5-6pm

Online

Tutor-led informal discussion session

29th March 2023

Wednesday 5-8pm

Paisley campus/Online

Session 3: Organisational Approaches towards EDI

Topic 5: EDI = Organisational Support

  • Topic 5 explores areas around organisational support mechanisms and organisational culture, in advancing the equality’s diversity and inclusion agenda.

Topic 6: EDI = Policy Approaches

  • Topic 6 focuses on general policy approaches within organisations, aimed
    at advancing the EDI agenda, such as Equal Opportunity Policies, etc.

Topic 7: EDI = Workforce Development

  • Topic 7 evaluates the impact of organisational procedures around recruitment and development opportunities in an EDI context, and the role of management.

5th April 2023

Wednesday 5-6pm

Online

Tutor-led informal discussion session

12th April 2023

Wednesday 5-8pm

Paisley campus/Online

Session 4: Group Assessment

28th April 2023

Individual CPD Assessment

 

 *the above timetable is subject to change.

 

Live sessions

Four live sessions will be delivered in a hybrid format, taking place in-person on our Paisley campus with the option to join online.  

Delegates will be required to dedicate a sufficient amount of time towards self-study, in order to allow for the best use of the live sessions.  These live sessions are intended for the development of a deeper understanding of the various concepts within EDI, given delegates the opportunity to share their own experiences and allow for the exploration of potential barriers to advancing EDI in organisations.

 

Assessment

1. Group Presentation: Learners will prepare a group presentation which is worth 50% of the course assessment, to be delivered to their peers and course tutor in session 4 (week 12).  The presentation assessment enables participants to explore organisational approaches to EDI from a more practical perspective.

2. Individual CPD Portfolio: Learners will develop a written CPD portfolio — preferably in the form of a report — which is worth 50% of the overall course assessment.  The overarching purpose of the assessment is to enable learners to critically reflect on their own behaviours and abilities in order to help advance the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda in organisations.

 

Course presenter

Dr Silvio Hofmann is the Course Leader of this module.  Silvio is a Human Resource Management (HRM) lecturer and the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Business & HRM.  He has a particular interest in and passion for equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) research.  He supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations/theses, and deliver a number of undergraduate modules, including HRM in Business Context (1st Year), HRM Research Design (3rd Year), HR Policy & Practice (4th Year) and Managing Equality & Diversity (4th Year).  He is a member of the University's Social Innovation, Leadership & Management Research Group.

 

Funding

This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates through the Upskilling Fund.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cpd@uws.ac.uk

 

**Photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash.

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