First Amendment Law | L4051

This is an advanced course in constitutional law that focuses on the law of the First Amendment. Most of the course will examine topics concerning the Free Speech Clause, including the theories of free speech, regulation of incitement, fighting words, defamation, offensive speech, hate speech, sexually explicit speech, and speech in the context of new communication media. It will also cover free speech doctrine and how it applies to symbolic speech, speech on government property, government compelled speech, speech in schools and by public employees as well as some topics concerning freedom of the press. The last part of the course will cover issues of freedom of religion under the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause and Establishment Clause.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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