Communications, Law, and Social Change

Communications, Law, and Social Change

Professor Alan Jenkins
Winter 2016 course
M, T, W, Th, F 2:00pm - 4:15pm in WCC Room 2004
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None.

Exam Type: Last class take home.

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the role that written, oral, and visual communications play in the development of American law and policy, with a focus on social issues and movements. Using as case studies movements for racial and gender equity, LGBT equality, economic opportunity, and environmental protection, we will explore how change agents on both sides have used strategic framing and messaging, communications campaigns, and arts and culture to influence—and in some instances transform—relevant law and policy. We will also examine how these and related principles apply to U.S. Supreme Court advocacy. And we will study the ethical rules and parameters that regulate attorneys’ communications regarding pending litigation and broader legal issues.

Class participation and successful completion of weekly written and oral assignments will count for a significant portion of students’ final grade.

Assigned material will include social science literature and mass media works, as well as cases, transcripts, and legislative texts.

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment, Family, Gender & Children's Law, Procedure & Practice, Disciplinary Perspectives & Law