Honors | Freedom of Speech in the U.S.
H204 | 27744 | Paul Newman


Contrary to what many people believe, the First Amendment protection
of free speech is not absolute. This course starts by asking the
fundamental question: why should one want (or, at least be willing
to tolerate) free speech? What are the presumed benefits of free
speech, and what are its drawbacks? The course then takes up major
exceptions to free speech, including fighting words, obscenity,
slander and libel, and copyright. Students will utilize their
analytical abilities and critical thinking by applying basic
principles to controversial issues such as censorship of the media,
adoption of university hate speech codes, and conflicts between free
speech and other societal values, such as freedom of religion and
the right to a fair trial. In addition to the materials in the
textbook, students will have the opportunity to read and discuss
actual Supreme Court cases.
Text: Thomas L. Tedford and Dale A. Herbeck,  Freedom of Speech in
the United States, 4th edition (2001).
This course satisfies the College of Arts & Sciences TOPICS
requirement