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Spring 2015
5312 First Amendment (Speech & Press in the 21st Century) - LINZER- 23067

Professor(s): Peter Linzer (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 213  BLB

Course Outline: This is a three credit course. Its main difference from conventional First Amendment courses is an increased focus on the Internet, social media and terrorism. In addition to this we will discuss traditional matters including the important history of cases involving national security, updated for present issues of terrorism and modern technology; prior restraint; privacy and government surveillance, particularly in light of the disclosures about the National Security Agency and modern technology; overbroad restrictions; the role of the Press Clause of the First Amendment, and the role of money in the electoral process.

In addition to the chosen casebook, Shiffrin and Choper, The First Amendment (5th Ed., West Publishing Co.). I will distribute, without charge, parts of a casebook that I and Professor Nicole Casarez are currently writing for publication later in 2015. It is not necessary for students to buy the Shiffrin and Choper Supplement. I will distribute updates of recent cases, again without charge.

The course will not discuss the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, which deserve a separate course.

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Final Exam Schedule: 05/06/15 9am-12pm  213 BLB    

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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Course Materials (11/5/2014 4:08:07 PM)

Book(s) Required