Schedule

MCOM 350 Media Law, Fall 2017
Dr. Stacy Spaulding | Office hours | Contact Info | Syllabus | Blackboard
MCOM 350.001 | T/R 2-3:15 p.m. | VB 200

Understanding Free Speech

Week 1 | Aug. 29/31 | The Judicial System

  • Tuesday: Scenario / Introduction, syllabus, Blackboard
  • Thursday lecture: The judicial system

Week 2 | Sept. 5/7 | Speech or Sedition?

Week 3 | Sept. 12/14 | The scope of free speech

Week 4 | Sept. 19/21 | The scope of free speech

Week 5 | Sept. 26/28 | Remaining issues

Week 6 | Oct. 3/5 | Speech in schools

Week 7 | Oct. 10/12 | Regulated speech

  • Reading: Prologue from Mencken: The American Iconoclast by Marion Rodgers
  • Lecture: Obscenity, advertising

Week 8 | Oct. 17/19 | Litigation

Week 9 | Oct. 24/26 | Midterm

  • Tuesday: Exam
  • Thursday: Exam results

Publication Issues

Week 10 | Oct. 31/Nov. 2 | Newsgathering

Week 11 | Nov. 7/9 | Libel part 1

Week 12 | Nov. 14/16 | Libel part 2

  • Reading: AP 456-473
  • Lecture: Libel defenses

Week 13 | Nov. 21/Nov. 23 | Thanksgiving

  • Tuesday: Catch-up day
  • Thursday: No class

Week 14 | Nov. 28/30 | Privacy

  • Reading: AP 473-478
  • Lecture: Privacy

Week 15 | Dec. 5/7 | Copyright

Week 16 | Dec. 12 | Review

  • Tuesday: Catch-up, Review

Final Exam | Tuesday Dec. 19, 12:30-2:30 p.m.