Communication And Culture | Freedom of Speech
C339 | 1191 | Roopali Mukherjee


Class meeting: TR 2:30-3:45 BH240

This course provides a critical introduction to the "free speech"
clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Readings
examine historical debates over the concept of free speech, and the
range of arguments--political, economic, cultural, and legal--that
have served to interpret and craft the meaning of free speech as we
understand the term today. The course pursues examinations of free
speech controversies surrounding the rights of neo-Nazis to speak
freely in public and the implications of censorship of "cyberporn"
over the global networks of the Internet. The course is geared to
students interested in exploring the ways in which questions of
culture, communication, and the law interact within controversies
raised by the free speech concept. Course assignments include written
responses that critically engage with the readings, pop quizzes, and
a final exam.