Diversity in Organisations
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-SCS210
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Social and Cultural Sciences;
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prof. dr. M.C.L. van den Brink
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prof. dr. M.C.L. van den Brink
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. M.C.L. van den Brink
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prof. dr. M.C.L. van den Brink
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dr. L. Dobusch
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Academic year2020
PER1  (01/09/2020 to 01/11/2020)
Starting block
Course mode
Please note: if you do not yet have a master's registration, you are not yet registered for the tests for this course.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After completing this course, you will:
•            have knowledge about the most important concepts and debates regarding gender & diversity in public and private organizations;
•            be able to recognize and analyse organizational processes that reproduce (gender, ethnic, age, sexual) inequality in organizations;
•            be able to recognize different epistemologies and methodologies in qualitative research concerning difference, diversity and inequality;
•            Reflect on the consequences of a diverse workforce.
Additionally you will be able to:
•            have the ability to conduct (semi-)open interviews;
•            have the ability to analyse qualitative empirical research with the computer program MAXQDA.
As the labour force becomes increasingly diverse, a strong emphasis is being placed on diversity-related issues of all kinds in the workplace. People differ in terms of gender, ethnicity, race, national origin, age, religion, cognitive and physical abilities, professional specialization, sexuality, age, nationality, education, membership of social networks, etc. A diverse staff can lead to more innovation and creativity but also cause problems like miscommunication and social conflicts between organizational members. Organizations need to address diversity issues in some manner if they are to compete effectively in a global economy. By using a combination of insights and concepts from organization studies, gender & diversity studies, sociology and anthropology, research master students will gain insight in how organizations (re)produce inequalities. We explore how social inequality in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, dis-/ability etc. is (re)produced in organizations. The course will offer several analytical frameworks to map complex processes that underlie the reproduction of inequalities in organizations. The course also offers an advanced understanding of the role of qualitative epistemologies and methodologies that are used in studies on diversity. 

Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, tutorial and MAXQDA.


Presumed foreknowledge

Test information


Required materials
To be announced. Required readings will be posted on Brightspace. Lectures, seminars, workshop MAXQDA

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

In the lectures different perspectives on diversity will be presented and discussed. In the seminars you will discuss and work on diversity in theory and practice.

Lectures and tutorials

Take home exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2