BESC1031 Approaches to Cultural Diversity

Bachelor Course Unit

BESC1031 Approaches to Cultural Diversity

Level: 1st year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: none


Unit description

This unit is a core unit and presents an in-depth study of the field of cultural diversity management. Students explore the context of global and local diversity and its impact on industry, the workplace, management, and society. How to effectively work within and manage situations characterised by diverse cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds is studied and explored. Students are taught a range of skills for the effective and ethical management of diversity and to participate effectively in organisations characterised by cultural and ethnic diversity. The unit analyses the potential benefits to organisations and society through the effective management of cultural diversity.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • define and discuss key terminology related to cultural diversity
  • identity and describe legislative, socio-cultural and other environmental issues associated with managing organisations characterised by ethnic and cultural diversity
  • describe the characteristics, qualities, and opportunities offered by organisations employing ethnically and culturally diverse people
  • describe the contribution of people with ethnic and culturally diverse backgrounds in a range of contexts
  • identify strategies and actions to assess and manage potential organisational problems associated with ethnic and cultural diversity
  • develop and apply strategies for managing intercultural communication
  • develop and apply strategies to manage customer service in culturally diverse environments

Unit content

  • Definitions and Historical Perspectives of Cultural Diversity 
  • Socio-Cultural Theories
  • Cultural Identity: Formation and Change
  • Valuing Commonalities and Diversity
  • Inclusion and Exclusion from a Cultural Perspective
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Language
  • Issues and Opportunities for the Individual
  • Issues and Opportunties for the Workplace
  • Working with Indigenous Australians
  • Working with Diversity in Counselling Settings
  • Services and Resources for Working with Diversity
  • Case Studies

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Regular Term

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Case Study

50%

2000

6

Academic Essay

50%

2000

10

Summer School (2014)

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Reflective Journal and Directed Reflection

40%

Reflective Journal (600) and Directed Reflection (500)

3

Academic Essay

60%

2000

5

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Knowledge of the framework of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
  • Understanding of and the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions
  • The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
  • The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients

Recommended text

No assigned textbook

Relevant journals

Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Learning and Education
Academy of Management Review
Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Group and Organization Management
Human Resources Planning
HR Focus
HR Magazine
HR Monthly
International Journal of Human Resource Management
Journal of Counselling and Development
Journal of Management Development
Journal of Management Studies
Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change
Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology
Management Today
People Management
Personnel Today
Psychotherapy in Australia

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the semester.