English 107 - Fall, 2014

Freedom of Expression

Class Information

Instructor: Abbott, Don
CRN: 63803
Time: TR 10:30-11:50
Location: 158 Olson

Description

    ENL 107: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
    Course Description

    Instructor
    Dr. Don Abbott
    285 Voorhies
    752-6097
    dpabbott@ucdavis.edu

    Catalog Description
    “Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 3 or University Writing Program 1 or the equivalent. Historical development of fundamental issues and contemporary controversies about freedom of expression, with emphasis on literary and artistic censorship. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt.”

    ENL 107 will examine in detail many aspects of free expression in the United States. These include, among others, academic freedom, political dissent, symbolic speech, and obscenity. Readings will include close reading of U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

    Text
    Eastland, Freedom of Expression in the Supreme Court

    Examinations
    There will be three examinations. Questions will be multiple choice and essay. Each examination will cover about 1/3 of the class material. The final is not cumulative.

    Paper
    Each student will write two papers: a prospectus and a final paper. The prospectus will preview the subject, approach, structure, and sources of the final paper. The final paper will be an essay in which you present your position on free expression in America.

    Grading
    Grading is based entirely upon performance on the examinations and the papers. Each examination will be weighted 20%, the prospectus 10%, and the final paper 30%, in the computation of the final grade.