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Data is a crucial tool in today's workplaces – but it can often be skewed in ways that reinforce gender biases.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for professionals from any sector seeking the tools to understand how data can hold inherent bias, and how this impacts organisational decision making.

Explore the nexus of gender and technology

Drawing on social science perspectives, you'll explore the intrinsic gender inequalities that exist within our broader society. Consider how these are reflected in AI and other technologies.

Understand how data influences workplace decision making

Recognise data’s value in the workplace, and consider how it can be applied to drive effective decision making. Examine how gender bias and discrimination can be embedded within data and tech used by organisations, and explore the unintended impacts this may have.

Discover the tools to identify biases in data

Understand how gender bias can be reinforced during data collection, analysis and interpretation. Gain a critical framework to assess the quality of data and its sources, to identify potential bias.

Apply your knowledge to your own workplace

Putting your new knowledge into practice, you'll examine how data is used in your own organisation. You'll demonstrate how to identify the potential bias that exists within it, and consider how to make more gender-inclusive data-driven decisions.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Associate Professor Leah Ruppanner

Associate Professor of Sociology, and Co-director of The Policy Lab

Leah is a quantitative methodologist whose research focuses on the impact of gender equality and family policy on individuals’ lives through analysis of large cross-national data. Her research has been published in top-tier sociology journals and featured in Slate, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Conversation, and The Age. She is also a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.

Sophie Squires

Project Manager, The Policy Lab

Sophie is an anthropologist with an interest in gender, politics and the media. She works across various social and gender equality projects, including currently working on evaluating equal opportunity policies of local government and researching barriers to women’s representation.

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For individuals

To take Gender Bias and Discrimination in Data as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1190 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Feb 13, 2022

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Gender Bias and Discrimination in Data, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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14 February – 20 March 2022

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