Media Law and Policy Seminar

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Michael Anderson

Prerequisite: Civil Liberties, or Constitutional Law III, or Mass Media and the First Amendment, or Telecommunications Law or Instructor's Permission.

This seminar examines selected topics of current interest in mass media law and policy, with particular attention to the ways in which the news and entertainment media affect American politics and culture. Topics will vary from year to year, but may include: media coverage of military activities and national security issues; distortion and bias in news coverage; the impact of the globalization and conglomeration of mass media companies; reform measures aimed at enhancing the media's contribution to the democratic process; legal responses to aggressive and intrusive newsgathering methods and to the "tabloidization" of the mainstream press; news coverage of crime and the criminal justice system; restrictions on violence in the entertainment media; and the impact of the internet on the practice of journalism.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students are encouraged to write a paper, which may satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement. There is also a take-home examination option.