syllabus part 2 reading schedule

syllabus part 2 reading schedule - MMC4200Spring2011...

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Law of Mass Communications MMC 4200-Spring 2011 Prof. Sandra Chance Office hours: M&W (2-4 p.m.) Other hours by appt.     E-mail:   [email protected] TA: Christina Locke Office hours: M,W&F (10:30-11:30 a.m.)-            Thursday (3-5 p.m.) E-mail:  [email protected] The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information 3208 Weimer Hall (352)392-2273 4200- Spring 2011 Week-by-Week Schedule (Subject to Change) Week 1: Jan. 3-7, 2011 Drop-Add period Introduction to Law of Mass Communication We’ll do a quick review of the fundamentals of our legal system, where laws come from and the basic guarantees that protect professional communicators. We’ll review the federal and state court systems, the litigation process and criminal procedure. The role of the Supreme Court as final arbiter and interpreter of the U.S. Constitution will be examined. Finally, we’ll discuss guidelines for professional communicators involved with legal questions and the parameters when working with lawyers. Readings : Text: Chapter 1- Public Communication and the Law, pp. 1-24. Appendix A: Finding and Reading the Law, pp. 612-619.
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Week 2: Jan. 10-14, 2011 The First Amendment What is the First Amendment? Why is it important for professional communicators? What individual freedoms are guaranteed under the First Amendment? The First Amendment begins “Congress shall make no law...” What does this mean? Are there limitations on freedom of expression? Is it an absolute prohibition on regulating speech or is there some speech that doesn’t deserve protection? If so, how is this decision made? We'll look at the First Amendment doctrine and the scope of its protections. Readings: Text: Chap. 2, The First Amendment, pp. 26-45. Week 3: Jan. 17-21, 2011 No class Jan. 17- Martin Luther King Holiday The First Amendment, cont. Text: Chap. 2, pp. 45-69. Week 4: Jan. 24-29, 2011 The First Amendment, cont. Methods of Control The First Amendment protects freedom of expression, but is there some speech that a civilized society should not tolerate? When can speech be controlled or restricted? Can people be jailed for expressing ideas or opinions? Should offensive speech, such as hate speech or fighting words be protected by the First Amendment? When is it constitutionally permissible to censor or restrain speech? In other words, when can governments constitutionally regulate speech?
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