Comparative Free Speech and Access to Information in the Americas(taught in English) | L4144

This course will look at the history and text of the guarantees of free speech in the constitutions of the United States and Latin American countries, including Guatemala; at judicial decisions interpreting them; and at the actual scope of those guarantees of free speech in practice, with emphasis on the function of free speech in facilitating democracy. It will also look at the impact of globalization on free speech guarantees, including the impact of international treaties, the activities of NGOs, and speech on the Internet. The course will compare the systems for providing citizens access to government information in the U.S. and Latin America, particularly Guatemala, and look closely at areas where interest in disclosure and secrecy conflict.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 2
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement. (ULW)

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