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TLS_0076 Implicit Bias in the Courtroom 3 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Professor Laura McNeal, University of Louisville (USA)
Preceding studies
Students should have a general familiarity with the litigation process. No specialized knowledge is necessary.

Learning outcomes

1. Students with previous general familiarity with the legal system will have knowledge about the various forms of hidden or "implicit" bias (including gender, race, age and others) that may exist and distort the objective nature of the criminal justice system.
2. Students understand the science of implicit bias and how it influences our social cognition.
3. Students know how to reduce the influence of bias to promote a fair and objective criminal justice system.


1. Overview of the various forms of bias that may exist in the litigation process
2. The impact of bias on the fairness of litigation
3. Various means to recognize bias and reduce its impact

Teaching methods

Lectures and discussion 15 h.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

Take-home exam. Students may use their notes and third-party materials when taking the exam.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
The grade is based entirely on performance on the written exam.

Study materials

Students will be provided with an electronic course packet (approx. 100 pages) with legal research articles that highlight the science of implicit bias and how it influences outcomes within the criminal justice system.

Further information

TIME: Spring Term
SELECTION CRITERIA: Participation is limited to 50 students. 1/3 of the places is reserved for the degree students of the Faculty of Law. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select the participants:
1. exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. other law students
4. non-law students
Please see general instructions: Registration for optional study modules.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
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