First Amendment Rights and Responsibilities

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Credit Hours:
2 or 3 Credit Hours

Prerequisites:  RCC*.  A study of the content of the First Amendment.  Subjects to be studied include the regulation and prohibition of verbal and nonverbal expression, political speech, obscenity, sedition, expressions in public places and government-owned property, use of “fighting words,” selected aspects of the law of libel, “hate” speech, and commercial speech.  Also to be examined is the development of the law relating to the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause, as well as freedom of association.


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