FACULTY OF BUSINESS

Department of Business Administration

BA 345 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Inclusion and Diversity in Business
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
BA 345
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery Online
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course Discussion
Critical feedback
Lecture / Presentation
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to focus on changes in the workplace and labor markets whereby the demographic composition of the international labor force is changing leading to more diverse employees on the basis of factors such as sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and national origin. The course will examine how employers deal with inclusion in the workplace, the underpinning reasons why discrimination and privilege based on factors such as sex, race and national origin occur in the first place and how different multinational and transnational corporations are dealing with this transition.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Analyze the basis of discrimination in the workplace.
  • Identify different subgroups in the workforce that may face discrimination.
  • Compare the glass ceiling with the glass escalator.
  • Analyze the concept of “white male privilege”.
  • Compare different cultures and their approach to discrimination and privilege.
  • Identify the impact of positive action policies in increasing inclusion in the workplace.
  • Analyze the role of the state in creating equality in the workplace.
Course Description This course will provide a theoretical background on why discrimination and privilege exist and how corporations can become more inclusive in their policies. The main aim of the course is to highlight the subgroups / minorities that exist in every workplace based on factors such as gender, race, ethnicity and national origin and to frame workplace dynamics from the point of view of these groups.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 A short history of the international labor force Timothy J. Hatton and Jeffrey G. Williamson, Migration and the International Labor Market, 1850-1939, Routledge, 1994
3 What is privilege and discrimination? Judith Lorber, “Chapter 9: Separate and Not Equal: The Gendered Division of Paid Work” in Paradoxes of Gender Michael S. Kimmel and Abby L. Ferber, Introduction, Privilege: A Reader
4 Gender and Workplace Dynamics Judith Lorber, “Chapter 10: Guarding the Gates: The Micropolitics of Gender” in Paradoxes of Gender
5 Minorities in the workplace James R. Elliott and Ryan A. Smith, “Race, Gender and Workplace Power”, American Sociological Review, Vol. 69, no. 3, June 2004, pp. 365-386
6 The role of the state in preventing discrimination Judith Lorber, “Chapter 11: The Visible Hand: Gender and the State” in Paradoxes of Gender
7 Case Study of positive action policies Case Studies of USA affirmative action, “Are Brad and Kristen More Likely to Be Hired Than Tyrone and Keisha: Case Studies in Affirmative Action”, Human Resources Industry White Paper, 2012 Accessible online at: https://www.hrperformancesolutions.net/hr-whitepaper-archive?article_id=35
8 Midterm
9 Film Screening on affirmative action “White People” Documentary screening
10 Impact of diversity in the workplace Richard D. Bucher, Chapter 1: Diversity: An Overview, in Diversity Consciousness
11 Industrialized states and inclusion Anthony Ferner et al, “Institutional theory and the cross-national transfer of employment policy: the case of ‘workforce diversity’ in US multinationals”, Journal of International Business Studies, May 2005, Vol. 36, Issue 3, pp. 304-321
12 Developing states and inclusion Jee-Peng Tan, Kiong Hock Lee, Alexandria Valerio and Robert McGough, Workforce Development in Developing Countries: A Framework for Benchmarking, World Bank Report, 2011
13 Managing Diversity: Policies and Future Challenges Groysberg & Connolly, Great Leaders Who Make the Mix Work, Harvard Business Review, September 2013
14 Class Presentations
15 Semester Review
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Richard D. Bucher; Diversity Consciousness: Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures and Opportunities, Pearson Publishing, 4th Edition, 2014, ISBN: 9780321919069

Richard D. Bucher and Patricia L. Bucher, Building Cultural Intelligence: 9 Essential Skills, Pearson Publishing, 2007, ISBN: 9780131738959

Judith Lorber, Paradoxes of Gender, Yale University Press, 1994, ISBN: 9780300064971

Michael S. Kimmel and Abby L. Ferber, Privilege: A Reader, Third Edition, Westview Press, 2013, ISBN: 978-0813348711

Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
15
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
25
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
16
3
48
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
1
12
12
Presentation / Jury
1
10
10
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
0
Final Exam
1
25
25
    Total
143

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to solve problems with an analytical and holistic viewpoint in the field of business administration.

2

To be able to present the findings and solutions to the business problems in written and oral formats.

3

To be able to interpret the application of business and economic concepts, and philosophies at the national and international levels.

4

To be able to use innovative and creative approach for real-life business situations.

X
5

To be able to demonstrate leadership skills in different business situations.

X
6

To be able to interpret the reflections of new technologies and softwares to business dynamics.   

7

To be able to integrate knowledge gained in the five areas of business administration (marketing, production, management, accounting, and finance) through a strategic perspective.

8

To be able to act in accordance with the scientific and ethical values in studies related to business administration.

9

To be able to work efficiently and effectively as a team member.

10

To be able to have an ethical perspective and social responsiveness when making and evaluating business decisions.

X
11

To be able to collect data in the area of business administration and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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