College Of Arts And Sciences | Freedom of Speech in the United States
E104 | 0151 | Newman, P


Contrary to what many people believe, the First Amendment protection
of free 'speech' (whether oral or written) is not absolute. This
TOPICS course starts by studying philosophers who first discussed the
benefits of free speech, and analyzes some of the contemporary
criticisms of the
concept. Next, the course takes up major exceptions to free speech,
including threats and fighting words, obscenity, advertising, slander
and libel, and copyright and trademark. Students will utilize their
analytical abilities and critical thinking by applying basic
principles to new situations, e.g., the internet, and by debating
controversial issues, such as government and university attempts to
ban hate speech.