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Media Studies 104A: Freedom of Speech and the Press (Spring 2012, UC Berkeley). Taught by Professor William Bennett

Turner, this course considers the history and contemporary meaning of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and the press. Emphasizing the real world implications of major Supreme Court decisions, the course examines restrictions on speech and press imposed by national security, libel, injurious speech, and privacy, as well as issues of access to information and government regulation of new media.

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Introduction, What to Expect Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Features of Legal System Affecting Freedoms of Speech and Press Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – First Amendment Case Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Political and Corporate Speech Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Subversive, Symbolic and Protest Speech Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Symbolic and Protest Speech (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Prior Restraints: Pentagon Papers Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Finish Prior Restraints; WikiLeaks Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Disfavored Speakers: The Funeral Protest Case: Dannie Martin Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Jehovah’s Witnesses Cases and U.S. vs. Stevens Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – False Speech (Libel): Common Law Libel Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – New York Times vs. Sullivan Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Aftermath of Sullivan; U.S. vs. Alvarez Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Injurious Speech Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Injurious Speech Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Review for Midterm Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Privacy and Newsgathering Torts Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Privacy: Publication of Private Facts; First Amendment Limitations Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – A First Amendment Right of Access to Information? Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Access to Courts, Other Proceedings and Executions Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Or of the Press Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Discussion of US vs. Alvarez Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Different Rules for New Media Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Different Rules for New Media (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Regulating the Internet Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Government Regulation of New Media Unlimited

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