Course Description

ONLINE: Implicit bias refers to unconsciously held attitudes that arise when the brain instantly, and automatically, associates stereotypes with particular social groups. Psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt describes unconscious bias as "a distorting lens that's a product of both the architecture of our brain and the disparities in our society." Our perceptions, judgments and behaviors are influenced by these insidious attitudes, which can result in both negative and positive prejudices. In this discussion-based course, we will examine what implicit bias is, the science behind how it works and what we can do to overcome it. Combining an in-depth study of Eberhardt's book "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do" and modules from Harvard University's Outsmarting Implicit Bias project, we will seek to become more aware of our biases and discover ways we can lessen and counteract their deleterious effects on our behavior. | Facilitated discussion.

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