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Introduction to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Code: ISP101
Apply this course towards: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Course description

An interdisciplinary exploration of the history, theory and practice of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Focuses on understanding the origins and evolution of EDI frameworks, and the recent boom of EDI initiatives in the workplace in response to social movements. Topics include core concepts and policies in EDI, intersectionality, accessibility, accountability, impacts of oppression, power dynamics, resistance and reconciliation.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how social location uniquely shapes people‚Äôs identities, values, and life experiences.
  • Define the fundamental concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and explain their significance in a social context.
  • Understand the wider social and political contexts of EDI frameworks, including their historical roots and connections to justice and equality movements, decolonization efforts, and multiculturalism.
  • Identify typical behaviours, attitudes, and policies that can create or exacerbate harmful environments.
  • Understand discrimination and harassment legislation, policies and protocols, and respond effectively to harmful behaviours, including unconscious biases, stereotypes, and microaggressions.
  • Explore the connection between colonialism, reconciliation efforts and EDI practices in Canada.
  • Differentiate between accommodations and accessibility, and analyze the legal obligations of employers in supporting employees with disabilities.

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