Equality and Diversity Set




Promoting equality and valuing diversity form an important basis for effective working relations and organisational success. This 3-DVD set provides guidance on the UK legislation, the different levels of discrimination (personal, cultural and structural) and the dangers of adopting a simplistic ‘political correctness’ approach to the thorny subject of language and discrimination.

Equality and Diversity: Dr Neil Thompson on PCS Analysis

This DVD has been prepared as an aid to promoting equality and valuing diversity to be used by training facilitators, tutors and teachers involved in helping people to appreciate the complexities of discrimination. It is intended to help learners to be in a stronger position to avoid the difficulties of oversimplification that have dogged efforts to promote equality over the years.

Neil Thompson’s work on ‘PCS analysis’ has become a mainstay of teaching on numerous degree courses around the UK and further afield. His ideas have been highly praised for producing a coherent analytical framework that helps us to understand that discrimination is not simply a matter of personal prejudice. The reality is much more complex than this insofar as discrimination can be seen to operate at three separate but interconnected levels: Personal, Cultural and Structural (hence the term, PCS analysis).

Over the years Neil has been one of many people who has been critical of oversimplified and dogmatic approaches to discrimination that have alienated so many people and discredited so many efforts to promote equality and value diversity. In this presentation Neil clearly explains the basis of PCS analysis and, in so doing, reinforces the idea that tackling discrimination is an important undertaking, but needs a sophisticated understanding to prevent the problems that have featured in this field in the past (and still do in some quarters). PCS analysis offers the basis for that more sophisticated understanding. This DVD should therefore be seen as an essential resource for everyone involved in education and training geared towards promoting equality and valuing diversity.

The Equality Act 2010

This DVD has been prepared as an aid to meeting legal requirements in relation to equality and promoting good practice in this area more broadly. Significant attempts to tackle inequalities have been a fundamental part of the legal landscape for decades now, with varying degrees of success. In this presentation leading author and equalities expert, Dr Neil Thompson, emphasises the importance of equality as a basis for humane and effective organisations and explains how the Equality Act 2010 can play a part in taking forward our efforts to promote equality and value diversity.

Language and Discrimination: Beyond Political Correctness

This DVD has been prepared as an aid to promoting equality by addressing the problems presented by discriminatory forms of language. It is recognised that language use can be a major source of discrimination, but unfortunately there has been a widespread tendency for the subject to be misunderstood.

‘Political correctness’, the simplistic idea that it is simply a matter of banning certain words and using others in theirplace, has probably done more harm than good. In this presentation leading author and equalities expert, Dr Neil Thompson, explains why being ‘PC’ is not the answer and that we need a much more sophisticated approach to tackling discriminatory forms of language.


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