Unconscious bias, also called implicit bias, is something everyone possesses. In many cases decisions made by us will be influenced by these biases. Due to their unconscious nature, the impact of these biases occurs without us realizing it. Although unconscious biases can sometimes serve a purpose, they can also lead to poor decision making, unfairness, and discrimination - even by the most well-intentioned of us. Discrimination clearly causes negative impacts on the offended party, but a by-product of discrimination is a lack of diversity within a group or organization. Diversity is always a competitive advantage, when our organization loses out on diversity, we all lose out. Becoming aware of unconscious bias is important but it must be paired with strategies for managing the bias in order to enact positive change. This course will provide an introduction to unconscious bias and steps individuals and organizations can take to reduce the negative impact of unconscious bias. This course aims to help us all understand ourselves and our world better through an examination of our own unconscious biases. The relevance of this course is what you make of it. As you'll learn, we all have biases that we may not be aware of and that shape how we see the world and interact with others. Our hope is that you feel empowered to choose how you can help change our world for the better through your own thoughts and actions. *Note: Thank you for your interest in a BCIT – Free Online Learning course. You are about to register for the course. If you are new to BCIT, you will first need to create a BCIT ID. Then, log in with your ID and password to register. Once registered, log in to learn.bcit.ca with your BCIT email address and password to access your online course. If you are new to BCIT, it may take up to 24 hours for your course access to become active. Because these are not credited courses, and you are not paying a fee, there may be student resources you come across that you are not entitled to access. This would include Student Aid and other financial assistance. Enjoy your learning and we’re happy to support your lifelong learning journey.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
Below is one offering of MOOC 0252 for the Winter 2023 term.
Start any time
- 52 weeks
- CRN 89383
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online
This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 52 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.
Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.
- Internet delivery format.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe unconscious bias
- Explain why and how people develop unconscious bias.
- List common types of unconscious biases that impact decision making in the work and learning environment.
- Explain how to prevent or minimize the discriminatory impact of unconscious biases.
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2021
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