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Spring 2022
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, self-serving, and often elitist approach to free speech doctrine, practice, and norms. It plays a particularly influential role in internet law and issues relating to online speech. Like religious fundamentalists, First Amendment fundamentalists regard their interpretations of foundational texts as infallible and treat opposing views as heresy. Using case law, legal scholarship, and current events, we will evaluate the impact of First Amendment fundamentalism on democratic values. A primary goal of the seminar will be to develop anti-fundamentalist approach to the First Amendment that considers free speech rights within the context of the Constitution as a whole, in particular the equal protection guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment. This seminar involves lengthy reading assignments and requires substantive participation by each student

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-18-2022 - 04-25-2022   W  3:30 PM-5:15 PM DL

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:
Online (all synchronous)
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): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None

 
Professor(s)

FRANKS, MARY ANNE


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