COMMS 406

Media and the First Amendment

Communications College of Fine Arts and Communications

Course Description

Advanced understanding of media law, policy, and regulation of free speech and press. Approaches may include Freedom of Information, rights of press, government control, and legal precedents regarding the First Amendment.

When Taught

Contact Department

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Other Prerequisites

Major status.

Title

Freedom of Speech and Social Issues

Learning Outcome

Students will gain increased appreciation of freedom of speech in the marketplace of ideas and apply this concept to current social issues.

Title

Social Advocacy and Government Policy

Learning Outcome

Students will understand the importance of social advocacy in a democracy to reinforce the concept that both media and citizens have unique opportunities to influence the direction of both government policies and public opinion.

Title

Critical Thinking

Learning Outcome

Students think critically about the relationship between mass media and society and articulate the positive and negative effects of mass media practices on society.

Title

Consumer Communication Interaction

Learning Outcome

Students will become more professional by understanding the complex interaction between consumers (public opinion), the news media, the legal process, and lobbying by corporations, associations, and other advocacy groups.

Title

Professional Communication Skills and Strategy

Learning Outcome

Students will learn to apply professional and strategic communications skills to social advocacy situations.