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Course Description:

This course will introduce you to the basic principles and application of the First Amendment as it relates to communications and the media. Since First Amendment rights are constantly evolving we will examine its application to free speech, political speech, commercial speech, and advertising and the ethical components related to these topics. In addition, we will explore the government’s monitoring and restriction of media as well as the balancing act and various tests the courts apply when allowing journalistic reporting versus a defendant’s right to a fair and impartial trial. Media considered include Print Media, Radio, Television, Video Games, and the Internet.

This course covers the ethics and the legal and policy guidelines for those concentrating in Communications and Media. It is appropriate for those considering Law School. It includes the outcomes of active learning, breadth and depth of knowledge; social responsibility; communication; critical thinking and problem solving; information and digital media literacy.

Prerequisite: This course requires the ability to conduct research using online library databases, cite academic sources correctly, and write an analytical research paper. Recommended: At least one previous course in college writing, and one in communication or media.

this course was formerly offered as Communications and the Law. Students who have successfully completed 123504 should not enroll in this course.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.

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