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What you'll learn

Is violence-laced music protected speech or an incitement to commit a crime? Are flash mobs protected assembly or breach of peace? This lesson explores the exceptions (such as defamation, obscenity and breach of peace) and restrictions that govern freedom of expression as guaranteed in the First Amendment. Students debate case studies to determine when, where and why exceptions should or may apply.

  • 9-12
  • College/University
50 minutes
Day(s) offered
Time(s) offered
9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET


Venue and Capacity
  • Virtual (no limit)
Minimum enrollment
10 participants
Enrollment type
Registration required

Virtual classes must be requested at least two weeks in advance. To request a free virtual class, please complete the request form. All reservations are tentative pending confirmation of hardware and software capabilities.

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