Karacho, Berlin, Germany
  • FREE
  • 1h 27 min
  • English
  • Interdisciplinary
  • with certificate upgrade option

What is the course about?

Deeply embedded in the business model of supply chains, different forms of structural discrimination – gender, race, ethnicity, age, migration status and others – intersect, pushing many women, people of colour and other disadvantaged groups to the bottom of the wage hierarchy and to more precarious jobs.

Through video lectures, reading materials and zoom workshops with top experts from academia and the labour sector, we will discuss these intersectional forms of discrimination as well as examples of resistance from across the world for work with dignity, free from discrimination and harassment.

You can watch our webinar "Intersectional discrimination in GSCs and workers' collective resistance for work with dignity", featuring featuring Prof. Martha Chen, Prof. Stephanie Barrientos and Dr. Alessandra Mezzadri.

Course structure

The course has three content chapters. Starting from the 15th of June, a new content chapter will be posted each week. After becoming fully accessible, the course will remain open for studying the course materials at your own pace.

Chapter 1: Introduction to the course

Chapter 2: Understanding multiple structural discrimination in Global Supply Chains

Chapter 3: Key regulatory measures addressing discrimination

Chapter 4: Empowering workers to challenge subordination from below

Key concepts

subordination, structural discrimination, intersectionality, global supply chains, home workers, gender equality,  migration, social reproduction, ILO conventions, worker organising

Learning objectives

  • At the end of the course, the participants will be able to define intersectional discrimination in global supply chains and apply the concept in various sectors. 
  • They will also be able to identify key regulatory measures addressing different forms of discrimination.
  • Finally, the participants will be able to discuss different ways how workers an be empowered to challenge discrimination and harassments at the workplace.

What do I need to know?

This is a multi-disciplinary course drawing from social, political and economic sciences. It is at the level of a Masters’ programme, but the concepts are explained in an accessible language, so it is also possible to participate in the course using skills and knowledge acquired outside formal education.

The course requires a working level of English.

Course workload

The estimated workload is 8-10 hours per chapter if you read also the key reading for each unit.


You can study for free and if you wish, purchase either a Certificate of Participation (after 100% course progress) or a Certificate of Accomplishment (after 100% course progress + online exam). 

The GLU Online Academy provides certificate scholarships for course participants from developing countries and trade unionists from OECD countries. In addition to 100% progress, those applying for a scholarship have to meet other requirements such as responding to a number of discussion questions, attending zoom workshops with course experts and meetings with the online tutor. 

More details about each certificate are provided in Chapter 1 of the course.

What our users say about the course...

Great course on discrimination in global supply chains

,,Well versed and experienced instructors and experts give lectures on a very relevant topic. Accompanying workshops provide a platform for interaction with experts for further clarification of the question."

Benjamin Velasco, Assistant Professor , University of the Philippines Diliman

Course instructors