American National Government and Politics
Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning
Free Speech Theory and Law
Can you falsely shout "FIRE!" in a crowded theater or kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality? Is "hate speech” protected by the First Amendment? Is Twitter allowed to ban it? Can a city government stop a "Straight Pride Parade” from taking place? This course will address these questions and more while drawing attention to the legal complexity of free expression disputes. In doing so, students will be exposed to common justifications for free and robust speech in a society and how the courts have addressed the topic both in the present day and historically. As such, students will walk away from the class with a firm understanding of the legal doctrine and theory necessary to analyze the range of free speech disputes that emerge on a near-daily basis in today’s society.
Spring 2023 - Free Speech Theory and Law (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
Winter 2021 - Free Speech Theory and Law (Syracuse University)
Summer 2020 - Free Speech Theory and Law (Syracuse University)