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Freedom of Expression and the Politics of Social Media (session 2)

Program(s): Immersion

This course is nearly at capacity. We strongly recommend you consider at least one alternative course option for your application.

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.

See sample syllabus here.

Remote or Residential

✓ Residential Course


Course Considerations

Thanks to the Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse, additional need-based grant funding is available for talented students who are selected for enrollment in this course. To be eligible, students applying to this course must complete a financial aid application as part of their application.

Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

July 05

End Date

July 21

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Brandon Anderson

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Examining Culture and Society
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)
Writing and Literature

Class Specifics

Course Code

PARR 11600 95

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


3:00 P.M.


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks

HS Orientation Date

July 03
July 04