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

Week 2 | Sept. 5/7 | Origins of the First Amendment

Week 3 | Sept. 12/14 | Political speech

  • Reading: Brandenberg v. Ohio
  • Lecture: The scope of free speech
  • Quiz: Open-note quiz, cases and theories

Week 4 | Sept. 19/21 | Time, place, & manner restraints

Week 5 | Sept. 26/28 | Speech in schools

Week 6 | Oct. 3/5 | Regulated speech

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

Week 7 | Oct. 10/12 | Regulated speech / Litigation

Week 8 | Oct. 17/19 | Litigation

  • Midterm reivew
  • “Know your rights: A workshop for organizers, reporters and witnesses of social activism.” Organized by MCCS for communication and journalism students. 7:00 p.m., Potomac Lounge, Thursday Oct. 19

Week 9 | Oct. 24/26 | Midterm

  • Tuesday: Exam
  • Thursday: Exam results | Initiation

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/review
  • 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.