Communication Law and Media Policy

The definitions and regulations related to free speech, censorship, and political communication are being challenged by the rapid advancement of information and communication technologies. Students interested in communication law and/or media policy can combine courses from communication, economics, journalism, law, and political science to craft a minor highly relevant to careers in corporate communication, international copyright, intellectual property and entertainment law, domestic and international policy-making, and social and political advocacy.

Required Core Courses:
COMM 322  Argumentation and Advocacy
COMM 371  Censorship and the Law: From the Press to Cyberspace
COMM 421  Legal Communication (pre-req. COMM 322)

Electives (choose a total of 12 units from the following):
¨       One course (4 units) must be in COMM:
COMM 324m  Intercultural Communication
COMM 345     Social and Economic Implications of Communication Technologies
COMM 370     The Rhetoric of Ideas: Ideology and Propaganda
COMM 388     Ethics in Human Communication
COMM 402     Public Communication Campaigns
COMM 412     Communication and Social Movements
COMM 422     Legal Issues and New Media
COMM 489     Campaign Communication

¨       Two courses (8 units total) must be outside of COMM:
ECON 330       The Political Economy of Institutions (pre-req. ECON 205)
ECON 434       Economic Analysis of Law (pre-req. ECON 303)
JOUR 373        The Ethics of Television Journalism
JOUR 460        Social Responsibility of the News Media
LAW 200x        Law and Society
LAW 201x        Law and Politics: Electing a President
POSC 441m     Cultural Diversity and the Law
POSC 442m     Politics of Human Differences: Diversity and Discrimination