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7970. Constitutional Law, Advanced:Selected Topics in First Amendment Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course will discuss the theory and doctrine of the First Amendment protections for freedom of expression and religion. Topics and questions discussed will include: What are the historical roots of the First Amendment? What societal values does the First Amendment serve? Is the right to speech absolute? Should the law distinguish between types speech when deciding whether speech enjoys First Amendment protection? For example, should political speech enjoy greater constitutional protection than commercial speech? Can the government require religious organizations to provide contraception insurance coverage for their employees?