Media Studies 104A: Freedom of Speech and the Press

Media Studies 104A: Freedom of Speech and the Press (Spring 2012, UC Berkeley). Taught by Professor William Bennett Turner, this course considers the history and contemporary meaning of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and the press. Emphasizing the real world implications of major Supreme Court decisions, the course examines restrictions on speech and press imposed by national security, libel, injurious speech, and privacy, as well as issues of access to information and government regulation of new media.


Lecture 01 - Introduction, What to Expect
Lecture 02 - Features of Legal System Affecting Freedoms of Speech and Press
Lecture 03 - First Amendment Case
Lecture 04 - Political and Corporate Speech
Lecture 05 - Subversive, Symbolic and Protest Speech
Lecture 06 - Symbolic and Protest Speech (cont.)
Lecture 07 - Prior Restraints: Pentagon Papers
Lecture 08 - Finish Prior Restraints; WikiLeaks
Lecture 09 - Disfavored Speakers: The Funeral Protest Case: Dannie Martin
Lecture 10 - Jehovah's Witnesses Cases and U.S. vs. Stevens
Lecture 11 - False Speech (Libel): Common Law Libel
Lecture 12 - New York Times vs. Sullivan
Lecture 13 - Aftermath of Sullivan; U.S. vs. Alvarez
Lecture 14 - Injurious Speech
Lecture 15 - Injurious Speech
Lecture 16 - Review for Midterm
Lecture 17 - Privacy and Newsgathering Torts
Lecture 18 - Privacy: Publication of Private Facts; First Amendment Limitations
Lecture 19 - A First Amendment Right of Access to Information?
Lecture 20 - Access to Courts, Other Proceedings and Executions
Lecture 21 - Or of the Press
Lecture 22 - Discussion of US vs. Alvarez
Lecture 23 - Different Rules for New Media
Lecture 24 - Different Rules for New Media (cont.)
Lecture 25 - Regulating the Internet
Lecture 26 - Government Regulation of New Media