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Equality And Diversity: Using PCS Analysis
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Learn to be more confident in promoting equality and diversity.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Managers and HR professionals across all sectors, plus anyone interested in promoting equality and diversity

What you’ll learn: 

  • Become aware of the dangers of oversimplifying issues relating to equality and diversity
  • Learn about how PCS analysis can be a useful framework for making sense of the complexities
  • Be more confident in promoting equality and diversity
  • Appreciate that discrimination operates at different, but intersecting levels


  • No prior knowledge is required to take this course

Neil Thompson is a highly respected and internationally renowned author. His work on equality and diversity has been the mainstay of course curricula at many universities. At the heart of his theoretical approach is PCS analysis. 

In this course he explains what PCS analysis is and shows how it can be used to make sense of the complexities involved. As such, it is an essential foundation for promoting equality and diversity.

The course is critical of approaches to equality and diversity that focus mainly or exclusively on the individual or personal level and have little or nothing to say about the wider context. The case is made for looking more holistically at situations involving discrimination by recognizing that much depends on the wider cultural level which is characterized by stereotypes, discriminatory assumptions and forms of language that stand in the way of genuine equality.

In turn, the cultural level needs to be understood as being shaped by wider structural factors – class, race/ethnicity and gender – and the ways in which these ‘social divisions’ reinforce and are reinforced by the common assumptions at the cultural level.

PCS analysis provides a helpful framework for understanding how these three different levels – personal, cultural and structural interact and contribute to discrimination and oppression.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of equality and diversity. 

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Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction and Course Units
Introduction 00:00:00
Module Companion 00:00:00
Part 1 – Introducing PCS Analysis 00:00:00
Part 2 – Understanding PCS Analysis 00:00:00
Part 3 – The Structural Level 00:00:00
Conclusion 00:00:00