LAW Constitutional Law: Speech and Religion
Civil Rights/Liberties: General
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Constitutional Law: Speech and Religion
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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Key Elective : Students interested in civil liberty issues and the protection of those rights should consider taking one or more courses in constitutional law. This course builds upon the first year course in Constitutional Law by a focused examination of two areas of individual rights: the freedoms of speech and religion.
General course Description:
This is a course about the freedoms of speech, press, religion, and association under the First Amendment. It builds upon Constitutional Law I by examining intensively these two areas of individual rights. Two-thirds of the course will be about freedom of speech. We will ask why government regulates speech (to prevent harms? to protect sensibilities? to redistribute power? to advance the interests and ideas of the politically powerful?), how government regulates speech (by aiming at messages? by aiming at markets? by aiming at when and where speech takes place? by conditioning subsidies?), and what justifications are ever sufficient for limiting speech. We will include consideration of the institutional press and new technologies including the Internet, as well as the rights of private organizations to determine their membership and organization. One-third of the course will be about religion. We will ask how the twin constraints of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses relate, looking especially at notions of neutrality, voluntarism, separation, and accommodation. We will also explore the implications of religious convictions for democratic politics
Course Style: A Substantive course teaches the law, theory, and policy in a particular area of law
Course Frequency: Offered twice a year