Tackling Structural Racism

About EXNS 2803 

Grounded in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, this micro-course introduces key anti-racism concepts that are applied to various sectors (education, social services, and the policing and legal system). By using real world case studies and Indigenous led content to provide learners with Indigenous perspectives and experiences, this micro-course points to successful efforts to tackle issues related to structural racism in Canada.

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Dr. Nicole Lugosi-Schimpf
Dr. Nicole Lugosi-Schimpf
(photo credit Jun Kamata)

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Course Details

Course Cost

$175 + GST

Delivery Format

Online, self-directed (asynchronous)

Record of Completion

Printable certificate; non-credit transcript; digital badge

Next Offerings

Sept 16 - Nov 8



Completion Requirements

~ 8-10 hours, includes activities and knowledge checks


All material is available online and no textbooks are required.

Transferable Course Credit

No, this course does not have transfer credit.

Learning Outcomes

  • Establish foundation knowledge about the landscape of racism and ways that it materializes in the context of settler colonialism in Canada
  • Learn key concepts and models in anti-racism work that will contribute to the establishment of good relations with Indigenous peoples
  • Develop working knowledge of colonial and Indigenous approaches to education
  • Recognize Indigenous-led efforts of educational reform that build inclusivity with positive results
  • Outline positive ways for continued improvement and further learning across the educational system.
  • Identify the differences between the impact of social service, policing and judicial policies generally and the impacts of these policies on Indigenous people
  • Outline and summarize the practices and policies adopted within social services, policing and the judicial system that perpetuated colonization and discrimination
  • Describe ways that Indigenous individuals and communities are underserved by police and within the judicial system
  • Identify the ways that Indigenous people are advocating for change
  • Recognize your role as a potential ally to Indigenous people

Course Outline

  • Defining Racism
  • Case Study: Structural Racism in Education
  • Case Study: Social Services
  • Case Study: Structural Racism in the Policing and Judicial System

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Email nsonline@ualberta.ca with any questions.

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