Fostering Civic Knowledge in Introductory Business Law and Legal Environment Courses: A Closer Look at Freedom of Speech

Forthcoming, Journal of Legal Studies Education, Volume 35, Issue 2.

27 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017 Last revised: 4 Jan 2018

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Tonia Hap Murphy

University of Notre Dame-Mendoza College of Business

Date Written: October 20, 2017

Abstract

Legal studies courses should prepare students not just for their professional roles but also their roles as citizens. This article documents recent widespread calls for universities to do a better job of preparing students to be informed, active citizens and reviews best practices for civic education. Drawing on recent landmark Supreme Court cases on free speech, the article describes an exercise aimed at helping students understand and reflect on the high level of legal protection speech enjoys.

Keywords: civic education, civic literacy, civic knowledge, free speech, First Amendment, millennial attitudes, business education, business law, legal studies, constitutional law, civility, hate speech, critical thinking, pedagogy

JEL Classification: K10, K20, K40, K42, K19, K29, H10

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Tonia Hap, Fostering Civic Knowledge in Introductory Business Law and Legal Environment Courses: A Closer Look at Freedom of Speech (October 20, 2017). Forthcoming, Journal of Legal Studies Education, Volume 35, Issue 2.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3070427

Tonia Hap Murphy (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame-Mendoza College of Business ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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