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Spring 2016-2017
CHV 411 / PHI 411 (EM)   na, npdf

Free Speech in the Internet Age

Susan J. Brison

This seminar will examine how the global reach and new technologies of the Internet change the theory and practice of free speech. Questions we will discuss include: How do philosophical defenses of the right to freedom of expression, developed in the age of the town square and the printing press, apply in the Internet age? How should international conflicts over on-line speech be resolved? Is there a universal human right to freedom of expression or are there only culturally specific free speech regimes? How has the Internet facilitated new speech-based harms such as cyber-stalking and revenge porn, and how should these harms be addressed?


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week. One short (6-7 page) paper. One longer (12-14 page) paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One course in PHI, POL, WWS or CHV..

Other information:
In addition, students will be required to write occasional 1-2 page responses to the assigned readings. These responses will not be individually graded, but will be taken into account in determining the class participation grade. "Other" in the Requirement & Grading section is for class participation.

Reserved Seats:
Open to PHI Concentrators Only 3
VPL Certificate Students Only 7

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42643 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed