1516 Selected Diversity Dimensions and Intersectionality
Dr. Andrea Elizabeth Romo Perez
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/07/22 to 09/27/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 10/05/22 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM TC.4.12
Wednesday 10/19/22 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM TC.4.12
Wednesday 11/09/22 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM TC.4.12
Wednesday 11/16/22 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM TC.4.12
Wednesday 11/23/22 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM TC.4.12
Wednesday 12/07/22 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM TC.4.12

The course concentrates on two interrelated objectives. On the one hand, it comprehensively examines individual and structural complexities of discrimination, unequal access to power and privilege in organizations based on different identities or diversity dimensions.  To be able to do so, the course explores and examines practices, processes, actions, and meanings that result in and maintain inequalities in organizations and that are linked to inequality in societies, their politics, history, and culture.

The second purpose of this course is to use intersectionality as an analytical tool to reflect upon how people simultaneously face discrimination or privilege along multiple identity/diversity dimensions such as gender, class, dis/ability, age, race/ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. The course deals with theoretical discussions and positions of the concept of intersectionality and of each diversity dimension. This is accompanied by exercises, critical readings, practical examples, and empirical quantitative and qualitative data analyses and discussions.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to reflect theoretically on their dimension-specific knowledge and apply it to different practical contexts. In addition, they will have the ability to discuss critically and analyze social and organizational scenarios and experiences through individual dimensions as well as doing so from an intersectional perspective.

Through their involvement with the course content, students develop a deeper ability to formulate and analyze case studies and social issues with an intersectional approach and to critically reflect on the importance of such an approach to understand the complexities of individuals’ life circumstances giving importance to the broader social context where organizations are located.

Attendance requirements

Mandatory attendance

Simple attendance is a basic requirement for continuous assessment courses (prüfungsimmanenten Lehrveranstaltungen (PI-LV)).

Should there be an important reason for absence, then a maximum of 20% of the entire course duration can be missed. In case of more than 20% absence, the course must be repeated. For absenteeism, confirmation (for example a medical certificate) must be submitted.
Important reasons are, according to the examination regulations of the WU, any that are beyond the disposition of the student (illness, accident, death of a close relative). Vocational obligations are not considered an important reason in the sense of the examination regulations, since these are at the disposition of the students.

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Lectures on diversity dimensions
  • Reading and analyzing scientific literature
  • Discussions and in-class group work
  • Presentations
  • Analyzing newspaper articles and film/video excerpts
  • Individual and group reflections

Total points to be achieved (a minimum of 60 points)

  • Reflection on literature and reflection assignment (4 assigments) 25 points 
  • Short exam 15 points
  • In-class group work activities and individual participation 20 points
  • Group presentation (last session) 40 points

Grading scheme: very good: 90-100 points, good: 81-89 points, satisfactory: 72-80 points, sufficient: 60- 71 points, fail: 0-59 points.



Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

To be eligible for the course, students must have completed the basic course (Grundkurs), the strategic diversity management course (Strategisches Diversitätsmanagement), and the diversity in teams course (Diversität in Teams).

Availability of lecturer(s)

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Unit details
Unit Date Contents

General introduction, understanding intersectionality, group formation and division of tasks, presentation and discussion of the social class dimension: definition and discussion of theoretical knowledge and concepts. Discussion of cases/scenarios/statistical data.


Presentation and discussion of gender and sexual orientation dimensions. Definition and discussion of theoretical knowledge and concepts, and discussion of cases/scenarios/statistical data.


Presentation of guest lecturers, speakers or invited experts


Presentation and discussion of ethnicity, religion and belief dimensions. Definition and discussion of theoretical knowledge and concepts, and discussion of cases/scenarios.


Presentation and discussion of age and disability dimensions. Definition and discussion of theoretical knowledge and concepts, and discussion of cases/scenarios.


Group presentations and completion of the course

Last edited: 2022-04-22