Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student

  • can recognize and argue for the importance of gender and diversity at work. 
  • understands the difference between conceptualizing ‘gender/diversity as a category’ and ‘gender/diversity as doing’ (= the way we assign and assume gendered meanings in our activities).
  • can analyze and critically evaluate how gender and diversity are done at the level of interaction, organizational practices and society and how such doing can be read from visual media (images and videos).
  • can identify and develop interventions and practices that promote equality, inclusion, and co-operation.
  • can visualize gender and diversity and create interventions through video production.
  • has basic skills in video making (scripting, filming, editing)

Credits: 6

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 16.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kirsi Eräranta, Saija Katila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kirsi Eräranta, Saija Katila, Aleksi Soini

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course provides an overview of gender and diversity in organizations and labour market in general. The course adopts a ‘doing gender (and diversity)’ approach in understanding how inclusion and exclusion in organizations take place. We reflect how our thinking as well organizational practices carry cultural assumptions concerning gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality, and how these assumptions shift in time and space.  We further reflect how these (unconscious) assumptions are ingrained in organizational practices and how they manifest in face-to-face interactions. We further focus on the role of media in circulating, reproducing as well as changing societal and organizational images that privilege certain categories of people while excluding others. Throughout the course, possibilities for change are explored by considering forms of interventions for changing exclusionary practices in organizations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assignments 70 %
    Exam 30 %

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 27 h
    Independent work 133 h
    Total 160 h (ECTS)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Articles indicated in the syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    21E80000 Gender, Management and Organizations. It is possible to include only one of these courses to the Master s degree.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality