BESC2081 Cultural Diversity

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: None

Unit Description

This unit presents an in-depth study of the field of cultural diversity. 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 be sensitively and respectfully aware of 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 sensitivity to and understanding of cultural diversity.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

a)      define culture and identify key issues for people living in a multi-cultural society such as Australia

b)      analyse how oppression, racism, discrimination and stereotyping operate to create social inequality

c)      examine their own cultural background, experiences, attitudes and values and how these have impacted on their assumptions about non-dominant cultural groups

d)      research the life experiences, cultural heritage and historical background of diverse groups in Australia

e)      recognise the limits of their own cultural worldview and develop strategies options for widening their perspectives

f)       develop cultural sensitivity and competence in providing culturally safe services to diverse cultural groups

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


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Academic misconduct

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.