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Spring 2020
LAW660  AW  FIRST AMENDMENT FUNDAMENTALISM SEMINAR

Course Description
Though primarily associated with religion, the concept of fundamentalism is useful in diagnosing a range of ideological attitudes. In this seminar, we will focus on constitutional fundamentalism, in particular First Amendment fundamentalism. First Amendment fundamentalism is characterized by a selective, rigid, and self-righteous interpretation of the doctrine of free speech. Like religious fundamentalists, First Amendment fundamentalists insist that their reading of foundational texts is infallible and condemn opposition as heresy. We will explore, through case law, scholarship, and activism, how First Amendment fundamentalism has distorted the doctrine of free speech and undermined the possibilities of true democratic debate.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   T  9:00 AM-10:50 AM A216B

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Multiple writing assignments
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: What's Wrong with the First Amendment
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Steven H. Shiffrin
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Edition: 2016
    ISBN: 978-1316613771
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):

 
Professor(s)

FRANKS, MARY ANNE


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: mafranks@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-5345
Office: G385