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Dalhousie University - School of Public Administration

PUAD-6570: Equity and Diversity in the Public Sector

DescriptionThis is a theoretical course on inclusion, participation and inequality in public service employment and public service delivery. It explores representativeness as an ideology and the management practices and policy initiatives which arise from this notion. The course considers the questions: What is equality? Why do we want equality? What difference does it make to have equality oriented initiatives? What is equity and diversity? What results are being achieved? What are the underlying issues of inequality difference and inclusion as they relate to Canadian democracy and global issues of equality?


PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

Faculty: Marguerite Cassin 

Source: Graduate Calendar at (accessed 6 January 2014), and downloaded to the Atlas at  

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Policy and Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The 2008 syllabus for the course was provided to the PPG Atlas in 2010 and is attached. The class titles in this syllabus provide interesting candidates for teaching topics to be developed for the Atlas:

  • Politics of Difference
  • Difference in the Workplace
  • Politics, Difference and Inclusion
  • Organizational Investigations and Organizational Justice
  • Jobs, Positions, Merit and Representativeness in Selection
  • Selection and Normative Order
  • Equity in the Workplace
  • Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • Mainstreaming
  • Representative and Inclusive Public Service

Page created by: Ian Clark, 11 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.



PUAD 6570 course outline 2008.pdfPUAD 6570 course outline 2008

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