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Understanding Discrimination


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Despite an increasing focus on diversity and inclusion, discrimination is still prevalent in modern organisations and society at large. In order to affect change in the world and in the workplace, it’s vital to understand what discrimination means, how it manifests, and how it can be overcome.

To play their part in challenging systemic bias and inequity in the workplace, professionals in every industry and sector need to learn how to address discrimination in their realm of influence. The Understanding Discrimination three-week online course from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will empower you with a deeper understanding of the political, social, and economic sources that drive discrimination against minorities. You’ll gain a unique social science perspective on the issue of discrimination, the different types of discrimination and how to measure it, as well as develop the understanding to inform future policy discussions and decisions.

This highly topical and applicable master class provides you with expert, high-quality insights from world-leading LSE faculty, industry experts and guest speakers, and enables you to understand and participate in one of the most pressing academic and social debates of our time.

Is this course for you?

This course is uniquely designed to offer anyone with an interest in understanding discrimination the tools and knowledge from the social sciences to develop an awareness of its nuances and complexities. Those in a position of leadership or management looking to foster collaboration and inclusion in their organisation or sector will gain a better understanding of diversity initiatives and what commonly causes them to fail. Professionals working in government or policy will benefit from a broader perspective on the problem of discrimination, and learn how this informs policy discussions and decisions. Additionally, professionals in the media industry will be exposed to valuable knowledge and insights that will enhance their ability to analyse events from different perspectives and provide a more accurate analysis of the many examples of discrimination around the world.

This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 95 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points

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