ILRHR 2640/3640: Diversity and Inclusion

Although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 to prohibit employment discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and other employment legislation has since been passed to prohibit discrimination based on other group characteristics such as age, sexual orientation, and disability status, claims of discrimination have been on the rise. This suggests that much work remains to be done in organizations. The purpose of this course is to introduce current theory, research, and practice regarding discrimination and inclusion in the workplace.  We will adopt a largely psychological approach to understanding bias, stereotyping, and prejudice and how they manifest in organizations. We will also examine the role of HR and diversity practices as well as leadership behaviors in fostering inclusion. A guiding assumption for this course is that in order to fully understand the implications of diversity for organizations you must personally confront issues having to do with power, privilege, stereotypes, identity, and discrimination. Toward this end, we will adopt an experiential approach whenever possible. Writing assignments will include a mix of personal reflections and scholarly analysis.

ILRHR 2600: Human Resource Management

This course provides a general introduction to concepts and topics in human resource management (HRM). Consideration is given to theories and applications involved in effectively managing people in organizations. Topics include strategic HRM, staffing, training, performance management, diversity issues, and compensation. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to: (i) identify and explain foundational human resource concepts and practices, (II) analyze and critique an organization’s human resource practices, (iii) recommend human resource practices that support business strategy and goals, and (iv) communicate analyses and recommendations to others. To accomplish the course objectives, we will use readings, lectures, case studies, guest speakers, videos, and discussion. Readings provide the foundational concepts and terminology for the course. Lectures will supplement information gained from the readings and help integrate course material. Case studies, guest speakers, and videos facilitate comprehension of course material and allow application to real-world HRM problems. Finally, class discussion allows students to learn from each other, raise different viewpoints, and clarify understanding of course information.

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