Course Description

This course is a self-paced asynchronous course.

Although we all have biases, they can be difficult to discuss because we do not want to be judged based on our beliefs. Unconscious biases are just that; they are unknown to us and hidden deep within us. Issues can arise when we make decisions based on these ideas because biases are not facts. Rather, they are generalizations and pre-judgements about others and the world around us that can seem either positive or negative. It will have you looking inwards and digging deep into your beliefs, bringing them to the forefront so you can explore the ways in which your biases impact how you interact with others.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Hidden Biases
  • Unit 2: Defining Bias
  • Unit 3: Bias Shortcuts
  • Unit 4: Deconstruct a Personal Bias
  • Unit 5: Building Rapport
  • Unit 6: Final Thoughts

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify hidden biases while making decisions
  • describe different types of biases
  • complete a self-assessment on a specific bias
  • deconstruct a personal bias to understand the root of this bias, and the possible implications
  • develop rapport and find commonalities with an individual who is (at first glance) different from you
  • identify the ways this knowledge will impact your personal and professional decisions moving forward


For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

The Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses.   A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website.  If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

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"The real power in this course was the challenge it put on my own perceptions. The exercises didn’t merely seek answers to questions, they sought the motivation behind the answers.  This has helped me view the world around me through a new and broader lens. Taking a course like this will immerse you in helpful information without overwhelming you. It’s a great approach to upgrade your understanding and skills. It’s a great example of the power of continuing education when presented professionally."

~ Charles Gillis, Chief Administrative Officer, GrayRobinson


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Section Title
Interrupting Unconscious Bias
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 01, 2023 to Mar 31, 2024
Total Learning Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $575.00
Section Notes

Dalhousie Faculty, Staff and Students ONLY  -  this course is available to you at no charge.

  1. Login into Brightspace using your Dalhousie University credentials (NetID) FIRST

  2. Click on the link to self-enroll in the course. Self-Enroll: Interrupting Unconscious Bias

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