MGT 330: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Course Description

This course will provide students with a comprehensive source of information about diversity issues relevant to work, workers, and organizations. Emphasize how crucial an understanding of diversity issues is for individuals and organizations to succeed in today’s society. Diversity is often discussed in regards to women and minorities, but includes everyone. Everyone needs to know about the history, the current status of certain groups, and what increasing diversity means for individuals and organizations. Emphasize that everyone has multiple group memberships, and although some combinations are more negative for people’s outcomes, experiences, and opportunities, diversity remains relevant to everyone. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  1. Explain the importance of diversity in organizations.
  2. Identify and explain what “diversity” encompasses in the United States and some of the considerations used in determining the relevant diversity concerns in these areas.
  3. Evaluate how the demographics population effects the workforce and its diversity.
  4. Interprete and explain interrelationships among diversity, discrimination, and inclusion.
  5. Defend and discuss research on the individual and organizational benefits of diversity and inclusion.
  6. Analyze how different types of diversity add value in a business or personal environment.
  7. Analyze the negative outcomes of increasing diversity, and given the inevitability of increasing diversity, explain what organizations can do to reduce these negative outcomes

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

30%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-8)

10%

Case Studies (Weeks 2, 4 & 6)

10%

Reflective Papers (Weeks 3-5)

15%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

15%

Final Exam (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Bell, Myrtle. Diversity in Organizations – with MindTap Access. 3rd ed. Cengage Learning, 2017.  ISBN-13: 9781337495042  [Looseleaf version]

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topics: Introduction - Theories and Legislation

  • Readings:
    • Bell's Diversity in Organizations, 3rd Edition, (introduction section)
    • Complete the self-Assessment, “Do You Have a Gender and Authority Bias”?
    • PowerPoint presentation, Introduction, Theories, and Legislation

     

  • Review Getting Started information
  • Review course syllabus
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Introduce yourself in discussion forum
  • Complete the self-assessment, “Do You Have a Gender and Authority Bias”? (Quiz)

2

2,3

Topics: Theories and Thinking about Diversity 

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
    • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Read assigned chapters 2 and 3
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete group activity
  • Take quiz (graded)
  • Complete case study (1):
    1. Focus on Affirmative Action
    2. Pregnancy Discrimination at Walmart - Case Settled When the Baby is 10 Years Old!

3

2,5

Topics: Blacks/African Americans & Latinos/Hispanics 

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
    • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Take quiz (graded)
  • Reflective paper: What should law enforcement agencies do to curb discrimination against minorities? What can the public do?

4

6

Topics: Asians/Asian Americans & Whites/Caucasians 

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
    • Chapter 7
    • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Take quiz (graded)
  • Participate in discussions
  • Take quiz (graded)
  • Complete case study Focal Issue 6.1: Jersey Guys’ Disc Jockeys make Racist Anti-Asian Statements on Air
  • Take midterm exam

Midterm
Each student shall independently research a current issue such as, diversity in your work, school, neighborhood, religious, and/or entertainment environments. What is the racial, ethnic, gender, and age distribution of the people in each of these environments? What do you observe that you may not have noticed were you not investigating diversity in organizations? Explain, and prepare a (5 Page) paper on that issue. This paper should be prepared from at least three sources ormore other than the text. The course textbook may/should be cited as one of the references. The paper should clearly identity the issue. Your paper must follow APA format.

SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

5

3,7,8

Topics: Native Americans and Multi-racial Group Members & Sex and Gender 

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8
    • Chapter 9
    • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Take quiz (graded)
  • Case Study: Featured Case 9.1: Ann Hopkins v. Price Waterhouse: ‘Wear Makeup and Jewelry, Style Your Hair, and Carry a Purse! (Not a Briefcase!)’
  • Participate in discussions

6

4,6

Topic: Work and Family, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Religion

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10
    • Chapter 11
    • Chapter 12
    • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Take quiz (graded)

7

4,6

Topics: Age & Physical and Mental Ability 

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13
    • Chapter 14
    • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Take quiz (graded)

8

1-10

Topics: Weight and Appearance  & Global Diversity 

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 15
    • Chapter 16

    • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Take quiz (graded)
  • Participate in discussions
  • Take final exam
  • Share final project
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam

Each student shall independently research and emphasize that an understanding of diversity issues is crucial for individuals and organizations to succeed in today’s increasingly diverse society. Diversity does not only include women and minorities, but it also includes everyone. Everyone needs to know about the history, the current status of certain groups, and the implications of increasing diversity for individuals and organizations. Explain, and prepare a (10 Page) paper on that issue. This paper should be prepared from at least five sources or more other than the text. The course textbook may/should be cited as one of the references. The paper should clearly identity the issue. Your paper must follow APA format. SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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