HRM40650 Gender Equality & Diversity

Academic Year 2022/2023

The module aims to provide an appreciation of debates and critical analysis of theories and policies pertinent to equality and diversity in employment, with a particular focus on gender in employment.
Topics covered include theoretical explanations for labour market inequality; race issues and migration; equality and human resource practices; women in management; equality and the law; racial and sexual harassment, and equal opportunities and diversity theories and best practice within organisations.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students will be expected to be able to:

1. Identify key sources of information on labour market data, equality policy and legislation;
2. Contrast Irish and European patterns of inequality in the labour market, and the “pay gap” in respect of gender;
3. Critically assess key debates, evidence and theories of labour market inequality in respect of gender and race;
4. Account for the division of labour in occupations, and seniority along gender lines within industries and organisations;
5. Explain key concepts and organisational models in equal opportunities and diversity theories;
6. Critically examine equality policy including legislation, work-life balance policies, employer-led and trade union initiatives;
7. Understand examples of “best practice” and awareness of legal obligations regarding disability, race, gender and LGBT staff at work.

Indicative Module Content:

Labour market data and employment patterns/ pay gap in respect of gender and minorities;
Theoretical explanations for sexual and other divisions of labour;
Gender roles and the division of labour in management and other occupations;

Employer, trade union and state initiatives in equality and diversity;
Critical examination of equality and diversity strategies/business case and social justice debates;
Equality legislation, equal pay and gender pay gap regulation.

Critiques and best practice in equality and diversity strategies - positive action, family friendly policies, LGBT, disability policies.
Anti-harassment policy and procedures.

Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: An end of trimester examination ( 2hours) will account for 60% of the overall module grade. There will be two questions. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded No


Essay: A 3000 word essay/report will be due mid semester and will be worth 40% of the overall module grade. Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Core textbook: Gill Kirton and Anne-Marie Greene (2016) The Dynamics of Managing Diversity, Taylor & Francis (4th edition)
Name Role
Mrs Suzanne Carthy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 12:00 - 13:50

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