ENGL 3778

ENGL 3778

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Disinformation, gag laws, de-platforming, violent hate speech, recommendation algorithms, chatbots, image generators. This course will help us make sense of our increasingly volatile public sphere by surveying the history of free speech and censorship from the print revolution to the information age. In democratic societies, freedom of expression is both a cultural value and protected right; yet governments routinely regulate speech through a variety of mechanisms: from direct censorship, to licensing and copyright laws, to high court decisions about what qualifies as "speech." We'll track the categories of dangerous speech—blasphemy, pornography, treason, libel—as they've changed over time. And we'll also consider forms censorship that protect freedoms and ensure civil discourse, such as banning racial stereotyping or genocide denial.

When Offered Fall or Spring.

Distribution Category (ALC-AS, CA-AS)
Satisfies Requirement This course counts toward the post-1800 requirements for English majors.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one seminar and one independent study. Combined with: SHUM 3778

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19790 ENGL 3778   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 19789 ENGL 3778   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies