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ENGL 24156 - Section 01: Free Speech (Online) (CRN 3244)
Long Title: Introduction to the First Amendment: Free Speech in the Digital Age (Online)

Course Description:
This introductory course surveys the core texts, doctrines, ideas, and cultural controversies related to First Amendment protections for free expression. We will be especially interested in some large questions: what is expression? How have our ideas of freedom of expression evolved as we enter the digital age? What kind of expression should be permissible? What happens when the public forum is fully online? What is the relationship between free expression and democratic-self government? Is there a difference between individual, group, and government speech? How do we navigate alternative ways of thinking about free expression in a global media ecosystem? We will consider a selection of exemplary cases, controversies, and literary texts: among our topics will include the following: the transformation of speech in the age of digital media; libel, satire and parody; piracy, intellectual property and copyright; privacy and surveillance; hate speech and incitement; obscenity and pornography. We will investigate the topic by studying relevant case law, literary texts (including fiction, film and new media), political philosophy, and information policy? Students will be expected to read Dave Eggers' novel The Circle in advance of the class meeting. Disclaimer: you will encounter speech that is potentially offensive and discomforting in this course.

Note: this course is delivered fully online. The course design combines required live weekly meetings online with self-scheduled lectures, problems, assignments, and interactive learning materials. To participate, students will need to have a computer with webcam, reliable internet connection, and a quiet place to participate in live sessions. Students who will be on the Main campus or residing in the Michiana region are not eligible to enroll in this course.

No financial aid is available for this course.

Associated Term: Summer Session 2018
Campus: Online Digital Learning
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) ,  St. Mary's College (SM) ,  Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) ,  Undergraduate (UG)

Course Attributes:
LIT - old Core Literature ,  OLF-Fully Online (100 percent) ,  WKLI - new Core Literature ,  ZODO - Online Digital Learning ,  ZTST - Final exam

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