Communication Law – com440 (3 credits)

This course focuses on the U.S.legal environment and its specific laws, court decisions, policies, and regulations that address the freedom and responsibilities that come with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The personal, commercial, and political exercise of free speech, and its regulation, will be analyzed in this course.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Journalism and the Law

  • Explain the legal doctrines and controversies related to journalists' protection of sources of information.
  • Evaluate journalists' legal rights to gather information in the process of public communication.

The Public's Right to Know; Law and Sexually Explicit Communication

  • Analyze the legal balance involved in protecting the free press and ensuring fair trials.  
  • Critique the regulation of sexually explicit material as forms of communication and commerce.

Copyright; Advertising; Technology and the Law

  • Analyze the role of copyright law in the protection of intellectual property.
  • Critique the regulation of commercial speech and advertising.
  • Evaluate the regulation of technologically mediated communication.

Legal Foundations for Communication Law

  • Summarize the American judicial system.
  • Explain the First Amendment to the U.S.Constitution.
  • Assess the judicial doctrine of prior restraint.

Libel; Invasion of Privacy

  • Critique the legal doctrines that now address invasion of privacy as legal communication issue.
  • Analyze the concept of libel and its application in communication law.

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