Key details

  • Programme type
    Online Masterclass
  • Location
  • Start date
    1 May 2023
  • Duration
    3 weeks
  • Commitment
    6-8 hours per week
  • Department
    Department of Government


Despite a recent global push towards accountability and equality, discrimination remains one of the most prevalent societal issues of our time. In order to fight discrimination, we must first understand its complexities. Embracing a social science perspective, the Understanding Discrimination three-week masterclass explores the political, social, and economic sources that drive discrimination against minorities and the strategies and policies to tackle it in the workplace and beyond.

Led by world-leading LSE faculty and industry guest experts, this masterclass will provide you with a deeper understanding of what discrimination is, who can be discriminated against, and the different sources of discrimination. You’ll explore approaches and tools for measuring discrimination as well as strategies for reducing bias within organisations. Take the opportunity to engage in live sessions where you can share your reflections with a global network of peers and facilitators. You’ll emerge with an enhanced ability to analyse events from different perspectives in order to facilitate appropriate responses to discrimination, and the knowledge and insights to promote equality.


  • Develop a deeper understanding of what discrimination is, the sources of discrimination, and how it manifests
  • Explore the methods and approaches to effectively address and measure discrimination
  • Learn how to actively avoid discrimination during hiring and promotion
  • Discover policy interventions to combat discrimination
  • Learn how to recognise discrimination in your personal context

Programme content

This online masterclass is 3 weeks with a time commitment of 6-8 hours per week.

Who attends?

  • Anyone with an interest in understanding discrimination and wish to gain the tools and knowledge from the social sciences to develop an awareness of its nuances and complexities

  • Leaders and managers looking to foster collaboration and inclusion in their organisation or sector, and to gain a better understanding of diversity initiatives

  • Professionals working in government or policy who would like to gain a broader perspective on the problem of discrimination, and learn how this informs policy discussions and decisions

  •  Professionals in the media industry wishing to enhance their ability to analyse events from different perspectives and provide a more accurate analysis of the many examples of discrimination around the world  

Why LSE?

LSE Online builds on our 125 year tradition of exploring the interconnected, multidisciplinary nature of our world that shape society and business globally. Since our inception in 1895, LSE has been a pioneer in providing courses for professional development. Our founding commitment is to understand the causes of things for the betterment of society. Never has this been a more important goal than in these times of unparalleled change. We provide you with the insights and skills to think critically and independently. To make the connections, see the greater picture. To shape the future by understanding today. Whatever stage you are in your life and career. Wherever you are in the world.


This online masterclass is designed by LSE faculty, with contributions from guest speakers, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Stephane Wolton

Dr Stephane Wolton

Course Convenor and Associate Professor of Political Science

Department overview

The Department of Government at LSE is home to some of the most internationally respected experts in politics and government; producing influential research that has a global impact on policy, and delivering world-class teaching to our students. Its alumni can be found found in the world's leading political science departments, as well as in journalism, commerce, central and local government, and non-governmental organisations globally.

Fees and entry requirements

Tuition fees: £500

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an official digital badge from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course.