GISP COMM 4217/5217 Freedom of Speech -- 3 unit(s)

Development of laws and social attitudes that have attempted to regulate communication in the United States; relation of free speech to national security, to regulation of the public forum and to artistic expression; analysis of doctrines and tests used by the Supreme Court in interpreting the limits to free expression.

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UNI students: junior standing
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area
Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Communications and Arts distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.
Marvin Jensen, Professor Emeritus

Smolla, R.A. Free Speech in an Open Society. 1992. New York: Vintage.

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