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Communication Law and Policy: Archived Sharona Levy Summer 2019


Learning Outcomes

Students taking this class will develop the following skills:

  • Learn the basic principles of communication law in areas such as freedom of expression, journalism, broadcasting, and business communication;
  • Understand the historical, legal, and cultural contexts out of which the principles of freedom of expression arise;
  • Recognize differences in philosophies and approaches to communication law in other countries compared to the US; and
  • Develop, articulate, and defend opinions on controversial issues in communication law.

Downloadable Syllabus

Class Policies

Policies, Resources & Advice

  1. If you have any questions, technical difficulties, or problems with the course or material, please reach out to me by email, phone, Remind, or in person. In summer school classes move quickly through the course content. If you find yourself falling behind, don’t hesitate to speak to me.
  2. Team and classwork are essential to success in this class. Attendance and lateness will be recorded.
  3. Students who are unable, because of religious beliefs, to attend class or participate in any examination, study, or class-related activity on a particular day should contact their instructor ahead of time to facilitate their absence without prejudice or penalty; for further information on the New York State law regarding nonattendance because of religious beliefs, see p. 65 in the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin.
  4. Cellphones and other electronic devices are to be used in class in a responsible manner. Please put your device on silent/vibrate during class.
  5. You should always come to class with paper and pens. Unless otherwise specified, you should bring the assigned book, reading or text to class.
  6. Generally, you will not be given the opportunity to revise and resubmit assignments that are at a satisfactory level (C or better).
  7. You are responsible for completing reading and other homework assignments before class. Absence is not an excuse for not completing assignments: you can check our Blackboard site for the class assignment. Late assignments may be penalized.
  8. Tests must be taken at their assigned times. Make-ups are NOT given.
  9. Homework assignments are to be typed unless otherwise stated. Name, date and class should be at the top of the first page and your name at the top of subsequent pages. The text should be double spaced with one-inch margins on all sides.
  10. Emails should have your full name and the class in the subject heading and in the body of the email so that it is clear whom the email comes from.
  11. You are expected to interact collaboratively and respectfully with your peers. Teamwork is an integral part of the class.
  12. Read carefully the section entitled “Academic Regulations and Procedures” in the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin for a complete listing of academic regulations in the College.

Course Information

Communication Law and Policy

COMM3300/CASD3235/TVRA3535 1AV


3 hours, 3 credits

Dr. Sharona A. Levy T, Th 9:30am-1:00pm

Office: 3439 Boylan 3407 Boylan Hall

Office Hrs: T, TH 2-3pm & by appointment


Evaluation & Methodology

Methods of Evaluation 

The course grade will be calculated using the following weights: Writing Assignments (20%), Quizzes (25%), Teamwork and Participation (30%), and Final (25%). There are no extra-credit assignments. This class does not grade on a curve.

The assessment tools used will be: class/team participation; assignments; peer evaluation; homework assignments; in-class work; multiple-choice, essay and case-study tests.

Course Methodology

This class will be working in permanent teams throughout the semester. At around the midterm point and at end of the course you will evaluate your teammates. This Peer Evaluation asks you to consider how well your teammates prepared for the team’s work and their overall contribution to the in-class exercises. The final Peer Evaluations will be used to calculate your adjusted team points, which count toward your final grade (Peer Evaluation = % of Teamwork = Adjusted Team Points).

Materials and Resorces


  • There is no textbook for this class. We will be creating and using a Brooklyn College Libguides, an Open Educational Resource (OER) website.
  • In addition to our Libguides site, we will be using handouts, digital retrievals and websites.
  • Red pen; Post-Its; Index cards

Computer Mediated Communication

  • Class messages with Remind:  To sign up, text @ahkdb3 to the number 81010; or use your cellphone browser to go to where you can sign up and download the app.
  • You can contact me by email, but on weekends and holidays it may take longer than 24 hours to reply.

Important Summer Dates and Class Schedule

Important College Summer Dates

  • 6/4 - Last day to add a Summer 1 class
  • 6/6 - Last day to file for elective course Pass/Fail for Summer 1
  • 6/10 - No Classes Scheduled
  • 6/10 - Last day to drop with a WD grade for Summer 1
  • 6/11 - First day to withdraw from a course with a W grade for Summer 1
  • 6/24 - Last day to withdraw from a course with a W grade for Summer 1
  • 7/4 - Independence Day - College Closed
  • 7/9 - Conversion Day: Classes follow a Thursday schedule; LAST DAY OF CLASSES
  • 7/10-7/11 - Final exams
  • 7/15 - First day of Summer 2 classes

Class Schedule: (Subject to Change)


Class Topic




Overview of class; Legal system of the US; Constitutional Law; First Amendment

Th 6/6

What is Speech?; History and philosophy of Freedom of Expression; International perspective

T 6/11

Political Speech

Th 6/13

Sexual and Violent Content

T 6/18

Freedom of the Press; Defamation: Slander and Libel; Privacy


Th 6/20

Campus Issues

T 6/25

Intellectual Property: Plagiarism, Copyright, Fair Use, Patents, and Trademarks

Th 6/27

Newsgathering and the Law



Broadcast and Cable



Th 7/4

Independence Day – College Closed




The Internet and Social Media

Thursday Schedule

T 7/11

Review and Final


College Policies

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism and cheating are unacceptable and will result, at minimum, in a grade of F or 0 for that assignment, quiz or test and, more severely, a grade of F for the course. “The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.” For the complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation go to

Preferred Name & Gender Pronouns

All people have the right to be addressed in accordance with their personal identity. In this class, you can indicate the name that you prefer to be called by and, if you choose, the pronouns by which you would like to be addressed. I will do my best to refer to all students accordingly and support classmates in doing so as well.

Student Accommodations

To receive disability-related academic accommodations, students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services (CSDS) in 138 Roosevelt Hall. Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have one are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of CSDS, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell, at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with CSDS, please provide me with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with me as soon as possible and at an appropriate time.