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Communications (COMM)

COMM 403 Law of Mass Communications (3) Nature and theories of law; the Supreme Court and press freedom; legal problems of the mass media.

COMM 403 Law of Mass Communications (3)

This discussion-intensive seminar provides an in-depth analysis of contemporary First Amendment issues ranging from the protection of violent media content and sexually explicit speech to defamation and invasion of privacy. Students explore the legal standards, public policies and theories that protect - and restrict - the Constitutional rights of free speech and free press. The primary area of study in this course is the law of mass communications and, in particular, legal issues facing the entertainment and news media. Using a law school casebook, written by a Harvard Law School professor, we will cover legal issues related to topics such as sex and violence in the media, defamation, privacy, and copyright.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Fall 1986

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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