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: 01.03.2022 - 13.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Saija Katila

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Assignments 70 %
    Exam 30 %

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Articles indicated in the syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is restricted to 60 students.

    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) MIB/Global Management/Creative Sustainability/IDBM/JOO students/Open University students 2) Other BIZ Master's students 3) Other Aalto students

    There is compulsory attendance during the first day and the day your group is presenting.

    Students are further strongly encouraged to be present during the first class.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV

    2021-2022 Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.