Students’ should write a 2000 word essay that addresses one of the questions below*. Essays should clearly demonstrate an engagement with the course’s reading materials.
1. Why might employers be interested in promoting equality/diversity in their organisations? What advice would you give to an employer wanting to create a more equitable and fairer workplace? Justify your answer with research literature used in the course.
2. ‘Institutions are the building blocks of just societies’ (Berg, 2015). Discuss, with reference to either: 1) gender equality in the labour market; or 2) low pay and precarious work; or 3) labour market disadvantage of ethnic minority and/or migrant workers. Illustrate your argument with examples from research literature used in the course.
3. “Black women are sometimes excluded from feminist theory and antiracist policy discourse because both are predicated on a discrete set of experiences that often does not accurately reflect the interaction of race and gender.” (Crenshaw, 1989 :140 )Discuss the quote above with reference to the concept of intersectionality. How helpful is this concept for explaining the experience of multiple disadvantage in the labour market and ways of addressing it? Your answer should be illustrated with examples from your course reading.
There will be an opportunity for receiving feedback on a formative assignment consisting of a 400 word proposal.
*Please note that the essay questions are subject to the approval of the external examiner and may therefore change slightly.