209.46 sec. 1 - Implicit Bias (Fall 2014)
Instructor: Victoria Plaut (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: W 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 107
Course Start: August 27, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49538
Implicit bias (automatic or unconscious stereotyping that guides our perception of and behavior toward social groups) is one of the fastest growing areas of law and psychology. It also lies at the heart of one of the raging debates in American Law: whether the results of psychological studies showing the operation of unconscious gender, racial, and other biases can be used as courtroom evidence to prove discrimination. Students will be introduced to cutting edge research that bears not only on the highly relevant substantive areas of employment discrimination and criminal law, but also on questions regarding voting, health care, property, and immigration. Students will learn how implicit bias works, how to interpret and use empirical research findings, how to understand the major critiques of implicit bias research, and how to understand courts' use of implicit bias findings. Requirements include weekly reading reactions and a 15-20 page paper. A unit may be added if a student wishes to complete the law school's writing requirement (consult instructor at the beginning of the semester). There are no prerequisites. Students must attend the first two classes in order to stay enrolled in the class (unless there are extenuating circumstances that are discussed with professor).
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