COM 202 - The First Amendment: Rights and Responsibilities
This class explores the First Amendment freedoms as the foundation of a free, tolerant and democratic society. The communicative rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy governed by such an amendment are also examined. SB-Perspectives on Cultures and Experiences of U.S. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- Identify and describe the historic arc of how the First Amendment freedoms developed in the United States, beginning in the 1600s.
- Identify, describe and discuss the guarantees of the First Amendment, as well as the exceptions for what it does not cover.
- Identify, describe, discuss and apply landmark First Amendment cases to current and potential controversies.
- Identify, explain and discuss various approaches to how the courts balance First Amendment rights against other personal rights and/or societal interests.
- Identify and explain how First Amendment rights are central to creating a diverse and tolerant society, and how the freedoms have been used to advance the civil rights of previously marginalized groups, creating a more diverse and tolerant society.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and responsible use of First Amendment freedoms and how to apply them to personal and contemporary issues.
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