Equality and Diversity: Using PCS Analysis

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Equality and Diversity: Using PCS Analysis

An Essential Framework for Appreciating the Complexities

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

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architecture icon Business,Human Resources,Diversity


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Course Description

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.

Who this course is for:

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


What will you learn in this course:

  • 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


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • A good basic understanding of equality and diversity issues will help you get more out of this course

Equality and Diversity: Using PCS Analysis


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Equality and Diversity: Using PCS Analysis
6 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction 06:05 06:05
  • play icon Module Companion E-workbook
  • play icon Part 1 - Introducing PCS analysis 08:02 08:02
  • play icon Part 2 - Understanding PCS analysis 11:10 11:10
  • play icon Part 3- Understanding PCS analysis 05:54 05:54
  • play icon Conclusion 02:28 02:28

Instructor Details

Anna Thompson

Anna Thompson

Dr Neil Thompson is a highly experienced tutor and trainer. He is highly respected for his ability to explain complex ideas clearly and effectively. His gentle voice and unhurried approach are widely appreciated by online learners as will as attendees at his conferences and workshops. 

He is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University in the UK.. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including over 40 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia. 

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