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Freedom of Expression and the Politics of Social Media (Session 1)

Program(s): Summer Online

*Taught Online*  Social media presents a variety of current case studies in which to examine the tensions between freedom expression, private industry, and government regulation. The tensions exhibit in elections, politics, schools, employment, and our personal lives as we and social media companies learn to navigate this new landscape. This course explores the complexities of these issues from a basis in the theory, principles, and practices of free expression and their very tangible manifestations in personal, professional, and civic contexts. Students will read classical and current texts on freedom of expression, examine case law in free speech, and explore current controversies and statements and policies of social media organizations. At the same time, students will participate in a simulation of Congressional Hearings on social media regulations. Assuming roles as Senators, journalists, lobbyists, and leaders of social media organizations, students will actively bring their learning into practice by navigating the world of social media, politics, and policies.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course

 

Course Considerations

Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade

Program

Summer Online

Start Date

June 12

End Date

June 29

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Brandon Anderson

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Examining Culture and Society
Writing and Literature

Class Specifics

Course Code

PARR 11600 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)

9:00

12:00 P.M.

Session

Session I

Course Length

3 weeks