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University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Your Role in Shaping a Fairer World

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Course Unit Details

This unit has been designed specifically for online learning and offers a unique interactive experience.


  • Level 2
  • 10 credits
  • Schools of Medical Sciences and Health Sciences


This unit invites you to consider the concepts of privilege, dominance and power, and raise self-awareness to enhance your inclusive leadership potential. The unit explores Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in a range of contexts including the workplace, research and innovation, education and health and social care. It begins with a historical overview of social reform and legal frameworks around EDI and ends by providing you with the tools and frameworks to begin looking at your own role in driving EDI as inclusive future leaders. It is a unit that has been requested by the student body and draws on university-wide and external interdisciplinary expertise.


The unit aims to equip you with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) based knowledge, skills and attributes, which are fundamental to employability and effective working within our global and interconnected world. It will empower you to take personal responsibility for promoting inclusive approaches to study and work, both here at Manchester and in your future lives and careers.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • Define the key interlinked concepts, theories, policy and regulatory frameworks that underpin EDI
  • Recognise different cultural and personal perspectives
  • Analyse EDI issues in different organisations, sectors and societies
  • Evaluate and discuss the causes of inequalities and drivers for diversity and inclusion
  • Critically evaluate theoretical arguments and real life EDI case studies
  • Identify barriers and enablers to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Analyse your own values, beliefs and codes of behaviour that may lead to bias and discrimination


Module 1: EDI: Where History, Law and Politics Meet

You will look at a historical overview of social reform and legal frameworks supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. You will consider all of the protected characteristics as well as wider equality issues and discriminatory factors.

Module 2: EDI in the Workplace

You will examine workplace inequality and explore barriers and enablers of equality, and wellbeing in the workplace. You will also explore bullying, sexual harassment and stress, and strategies to counter them.

Module 3: EDI in Research and Innovation

You will explore biases and inequalities throughout the research lifecycle and innovation pipeline and look at best practices to ensure future research and innovation is accessible.

Module 4: EDI in Education

You will gain knowledge about inequalities in access to quality education, and consider how education can play a role in perpetuating inequalities and excluding marginalised groups.

Module 5: EDI in Health and Social Care

You will explore the causes and implications of inequalities in health and social care and examine good practice to reduce inequalities.

Module 6: Your role in driving EDI as inclusive future leaders

You will look at the business case for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and explore inclusive leadership traits, behaviours, and frameworks to promote inclusive organisational cultures.


  1. Online end of module assessments (20%)
  2. 750 word blog post (30%)
  3. 1500 word essay (50%)


UCIL units are designed to be accessible to undergraduate students from all disciplines.

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Teaching Staff

Unit leads: Rachel Cowen and Dawn Edge

Module leads/key equality experts from within and outside the University: Janette Martin, Elaine Dewhirst, Liam Shields, Susie Miles, Catherine Atkinson, Suzanne Johnson, Alina Kadyrova, Philip Shapira, Isabel Tavora, Sheena Johnson, Alys Young, Jacqueline Kilbane, Crispen Sachikonye and Cath Prescott.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This unit is delivered online via Blackboard. There will be student support through discussion forums and virtual 'drop-in' sessions. Modules adopt a highly interactive approach including quizzes, videos and case studies and draw on current policy, best practice examples and the research evidence base, allowing you to evaluate diverse perspectives and hear from leading researchers and practitioners in the field.


It was very engaging and I feel like all students should take this module.anonymous student

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