Freedom of Expression
This course examines the meaning, scope and challenge of
“free expression” in the American experience. Beginning with the historical and philosophical roots of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment, we will critically examine how the courts, writers, politicians, artists and social activists have interpreted and applied these rights to a number of controversial issues. Topics will include prior restraint, political and social commentary, artistic expression, symbolic speech, due process and reporter’s privilege.
Another goal of this course is to examine the deeper and richer question; what does it mean to be an American? We look at such issues as the importance of civic engagement.