Communication, Law and Social Justice

Communication, Law and Social Justice

Mr. Alan Jenkins
Winter 2018 course
M, T, W, Th, F 1:00pm - 4:30pm in WCC Room B015
3 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 equity, criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and economic opportunity, 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 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