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Psychology of Conscious and Unconscious Bias

Issues of conscious and unconscious bias lie at the heart of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) findings and have profound real-world implications for society. However, the psychological mechanisms that underpin these issues are often poorly understood and do not currently form part of the mainstream teaching and learning in many areas of EDI.

This short course aims to address this deficit by providing a critical understanding of these psychological mechanisms and how they relate to aspects of EDI in society.

This course aligns directly with the Wellbeing for Future Generations Act (2015), and the Welsh Government report Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities, Contributions and Cynefin in the New School Curriculum (2021), highlighting the need for further understanding of conscious and unconscious bias and the profound effect this knowledge and understanding could have on the future prosperity of Wales.

This micro-credential provides a flexible way of learning.

Who Should Take This Course?

Those working in third sector areas, education, civil service and government, as well as those looking to take first steps into potential MSc study.

Teaching Methods

This short course aims to develop specialist knowledge and practical skills relating to issues of the psychological mechanisms of conscious and unconscious bias.

You will be encouraged to critically discuss, debate, and reflect upon a range of issues that foster collaboration, respect and self-development. Formative tasks and activities will have a professional focus and enable you to consider current societal issues and real-life scenarios and allow for key topics to be explored in greater depth with academic tutors and peers.


The intensive two-day structure supported by video lecture content allows depth of discussion to develop. The assessment deadline will be set some days/weeks after the taught sessions and will be supported with online content and contact to ensure that adequate time is given for the development of the assessment (a briefing report) to Level 7 standard.