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Understanding 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 a better understanding of yourself.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”.
George Bernard Shaw



“This course quickly helped me get up to speed on the concept of unconscious  bias that was new to me. But I also feel confident now in that I’ve broken down my biases and have tools to help me manage my own biases and interact better with others.”

Heidi Fair

Course details

Course number: MOOC-0252
Course title: Understanding Unconscious Bias
Prerequisites: None
Completion criteria: Completion of 2 Module Self-assessments
Completion award: Digital Badge
Registration fee: None


This course was developed for anyone wanting to understand unconscious bias and the impact of on society, individuals, and themselves.

Delivery details

The online course consists of 6 independent study modules that enables you to proceed through the material at your own pace. Although it is recommended that you follow the lessons in consecutive order to maximize the learning, it is not a requirement.

This is no instructional or tutorial support available in this course. If you are struggling with any of the concepts, additional resources have been provided that may assist you with different perspectives on the course material. You are encouraged to investigate any of the topics in more detail.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe unconscious bias
  2. Explain why and how people develop unconscious bias
  3. List common types of unconscious biases that impact decision making in the work and learning environment
  4. Explain how to prevent or minimize the discriminatory impact of unconscious biases.

Time commitment

  • Approximately 6-8 hours.

Completion award

  • Statement of Completion
  • Digital Badge

To Register

Once registered

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