Communication Law and Policy 
COMM360 / PLS395

Course Description:  Social and legal questions over communication resources, rights and responsibilities.  Examination of law and policy with respect to social communication practices, such as the First Amendment, media ownership and intellectual property rights.

Course Requirements & Resources:

1. Required Book: Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis [ISBN-13: 978-0679739395; ISBN-10: 0679739394]
2. Open Education Resources referenced in the weekly modules.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the sources of law, including American law
2. Define "speech"
3. Recognize what is constitutionally protected "speech" and how that has evolved over time
4. Explain common law defamation, slander and libel.
5. Define "media"
6. Summarize the effect a media defendant has on a defamation case.
7. Analyze New York Times v Sullivan and its progeny.
8. Recognize the impact of New York Times v. Sullivan on the media rights and responsibilities.
9. Define "social media"
10. Explain the laws applicable to social media.
11. Understand the rights and responsibilities of private actors engaged in social media.
12. Identify intellectual property rights associated with media.
13. Summarize the concerns with media ownership and consolidation.

Assessments/Grading: Total Points: 600

 4 Exams @ 100/each = 400 points
· Debates/Presentations = 100 points
· Active attendance and participation = 100 points

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