- Schedule of Classes - September 30, 2023 7:53PM EDT
- Course Catalog - September 30, 2023 7:34PM EDT
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)
Regular Academic Session. Choose one seminar and one independent study. Combined with: ENGL 3778
Credits and Grading Basis
4 Credits Stdnt Opt(Letter or S/U grades)
Class Number & Section Details
- MW Uris Library 311
- Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
Instruction Mode: In Person
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