Honors | Communications Law
J300 | 6556 | Brown, C.
J300 focuses on major topics in communications law in the United States,
particularly topics, such as libel, copyright, free press/fair trial, and
obscenity, that affect the mass media. Other topics, such as advocacy
speech, "hate" speech, and some aspects of First Amendment theory will
also be covered.
The course has relevance for anyone interested in the way this society
governs itself, responds to grievances, and strives to protect interests
such as reputation, privacy, intellectual property, fair trial, and
decency at the same time that it attempts to protect freedom of
expression. Students who are preparing for careers in communications
fields will find the course particularly relevant, but this section of the
course is open to Honors Division students majoring in any field.
Readings will include primary legal sources (such as cases and statutes),
secondary legal materials (such as law review articles and legal
annotations), as well as other articles and a textbook.
Assignments will include a 10-12 page research paper, analyses of primary
legal sources, two mid-terms, and a final.