Journalism and Communications

Comparative Internet Law

This survey course on comparative internet law is designed to teach students about a variety of internet-related laws and policies they will likely confront in their personal lives and professional careers. The internet has had a dramatic impact on communication, business, commercial transactions, and the control of information. This course provides an overview of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing communication and commercial activities conducted via the internet and online platforms in the United States and European Union.

Communication Law

The rights to free expression and the free press are central to democracies around the world. They define what we can say, print, or publish, as well as when we can be penalized for unprotected expression. In this course, we pay special attention to speech and press freedoms—covering topics such defamation, pornography and obscenity, media regulation, and the right to access information. We also examine the boundaries of privacy, copyright, and trademark laws. Our focus is primarily on comparing US law and the American legal system with the laws and legal systems of the European Union.

Media and Internet Law in the Netherlands

Immerse yourself in the land of windmills, tulips, and canals in this five-week summer study abroad program. This program will introduce students to issues of freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, cybercrime, and copyright law, comparing the law of the United States and European Union. The program will be based in the important and historical city of Den Haag (The Hague), but we will also explore the legal institutions of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, and visit Amsterdam, Delft, and other iconic Dutch cities.

Instagramming Paris: Media Unfiltered

This 4-week study abroad experience will introduce students to media ethics and media literacy through the lens of visuals in Paris, France, one of the most iconic cities on the globe. Close your eyes and picture Paris. What do you see? No doubt the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, and Notre Dame come to mind. Or perhaps you see people strolling along the Champs-Élysées or picnicking on the banks of the Seine River.

J 480 - Strategic Communication in Entertainment and Culture

This course examines how strategic communication is used to promote participation in global entertainment and culture, such as music, art, sports, film, and historical sites that operate as both as modern entertainment (i.e., tourism) and symbols of a region’s cultural heritage. Concepts are taught within the context of strategic communication case studies.

Advertising and Public Relations in Segovia

The Advertising and Public Relations in Segovia program is designed to give students a better understanding of trans-national media in a Spain context. The program includes a Global Culture course and a Global Campaign Strategies course which are tailored to the Spanish context and focus on the Spanish wine industry as a case study. Students will learn how Spanish marketers appeal to consumers globally.