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CMST 314. Freedom of Speech--Rights and Issues

Credits: 3
Department: Communication Studies
Description: Freedom of speech concept on which the first amendment is based, its application by the Supreme Court to issues in American society.
Semester Offered: Odd Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the American tradition of freedom of speech
2. Identify the components of the American judicial system and explain their functions.
3. Identify and explain at least three principles of legal thought/reasoning used in Supreme Court decisions on freedom of speech.
4. Explain the developments in at least two areas of the First Amendment using landmark Supreme Court decisions.
5. Identify and explain at least two controversial issues regarding the First Amendment.
6. Identify and explain qualities of free and responsible communication.
7. Explain the tension between freedom and responsibility in American society.

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