Theories of Freedom of Speech and Press

Lecture, three hours. Exploration of relationship between freedoms of speech and press and values of liberty, self-realization, self-government, truth, dignity, respect, justice, equality, association, and community. Study of significance of these values examined in connection with issues such as obscenity, defamation, access to media, and control of commercial, corporate, and government speech. P/NP or letter grading.

Review Summary

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8.3 / 10


    Quarter Taken: Spring 2022 In-Person
    Grade: A-

    this class was difficult for me because there were a lot of law-related concepts and i'm just not interested in law. huppin is a great professor and truly cares, but if you are not into topics relating to legal things then it might be hard to stay focused in this class. one thing was that huppin's lectures were hard to follow and i found myself having to look up cases on my own after class

    Quarter Taken: Spring 2023 In-Person
    Grade: A

    I LOVED THIS CLASS. I am not pre-law, but I still found this class fascinating and applicable. It is quite reading and comprehension-heavy; if you cannot sit through a 50-page court case AND understand the key takeaways, do not take this class.

    However, if you are interested in free speech, specifically in schools and media, take this class because it is truly fascinating. I loved Professor Huppin's teaching style, as it wasn't incredibly structured, but it garnered important discussions and information.

    He's a straight-shooter, so don't be surprised if he tells you you're wrong in front of the whole class. However, I respect his directness and honesty.


Mark Huppin
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Grading Information

  • No group projects

  • Attendance not required

  • 1 midterm

  • Finals week final

  • 100% recommend the textbook

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