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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PS 375 Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment

The U.S. Constitution through its First Amendment influences the expression of our citizenry and defines our most basic rights to freedom of speech, religion, press, and association. The U.S. Supreme Court continually defines the scope and extent of these rights. This course conducts an in-depth study of Supreme Court case law to provide students a learned understanding of their First Amendment rights. Topics covered include: defining speech, understanding the propriety of government suppression/regulation of speech, identifying the places available to exercise free speech, defining association, exploring the freedom of press, and understanding the religion clauses. The course provides particular benefit to a student interested in attending law school or graduate school for political science/government or a student interested in gaining a better understanding his or her rights.

Prerequisite: PS 220