PURPOSE B Self & Others - CDT

Gender and Diversity Issues. This course explores the ways in which gender and other types of diversity interact in determining people's perceptions of ability and competence. This course will use a series of case studies to illustrate diversity issues in the workplace and the challenges faced by management.


Learning Goals

GOAL I: Understand diversity, diversity issues, and the challenges of diversity in the work place.

GOAL II: Apply a multiple perspective model for the assessment, evaluation and handling of diversity issues.

GOAL III: Apply individual managerial strategies and evaluate their effectiveness in handling diversity.

GOAL IV: Apply organizational strategies and evaluate their effectiveness in handling diversity.



1. Participate in the Discussion Forum as indicated in each Learning Unit.
2. Complete all assignments as indicated in each Learning Unit.
3. Complete one of the following options for your final project or paper.

Demonstrate your understanding of the objectives of this course by developing and justifying a framework or model for the assessment of the many and sometimes conflicting presentations of diversity encountered in organizations and for handling diversity challenges. Include an exploration of the varied sources of motivation and skills necessary to take a leadership position around issues of diversity--both individually and organizationally. Use your model to analyze the Monitor Company Case on leadership and diversity from the Gentile textbook (required course text, pages 475 through 495). The case presents the scenario of several individuals within the Monitor Consulting Company ranging from relatively junior staff consultants to directors and a founding partner representing a mix of identities: of gender; of racial and ethnic diversity; of sexual orientation; and of age.

An individualized project designed in consultation with, and approved by, the course instructor. This project must demonstrate an understanding of the objectives of this course. It must also demonstrate your ability to analyze the literature on the subject you have selected, your ability to analyze its appropriateness to the individualized project, and your ability to make judgments about the project's relevance to your profession.

4. At the end of this course, carry out the summary activities and fill out the online course evaluation form. Submission of the form is automatic.


Learning Resources

Required Texts and Readings

Carr-Ruffino, N. (2002). Managing diversity: People skills for a multicultural workplace (4th ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-536-63769-5

Gentile, M.C. (1996). Managerial excellence through diversity: Text and Cases. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. ISBN 1-57766-016-1

Supplementary Materials

Essed, P. (1996). Diversity: Gender, color & culture. Boston: University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN: 1558490264

Mutari, E., Boushey, H., & Fraher, W. (1997). Gender & political economy: Incorporating diversity into theory & policy. NJ: Sharpe. ISBN: 1563249979

Nanda, S. (1999). Gender diversity: Crosscultural variations. New York: Waveland Press. ISBN: 1577660749

Roosevelt, T. (1996). Redefining diversity. New York: AMACOM Books. ISBN: 0814402283

Internet Sources

Diversity in Business Website collection http://www.cob.ohio-state.edu/~diversity

Diversity Inc http://www.diversityinc.com

50 Activities for Managing Cultural Diversity

A collection of reproducible activities presents an authoritative, hands-on approach to understanding pluralism and implementing diversity initiatives in an organization. http://www.hrpress-diversity.com/50mcd.html

University Diversity Committee

Online diversity resources: http://diversity.csusb.edu/database.htm