Universität Mannheim / Sowi / Polecon / Lehre / FSS 2018 / Proseminar The Politics of Free Speech and Censorship

PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungslehre: The Politics of Free Speech and Censorship
durchgeführt von Richard Traunmüller
Freitags 10:15 - 11:45 Uhr in A5, 6, Bauteil C, C 012 Hörsaal
Startdatum: 16.2.2018; Enddatum: 1.6.2018

To openly express one's views is the most fundamental right in any liberal democracy. But even this right has its limits when acts of speech become harmful and impinge upon the dignity and rights of others. As a result of this basic tension, the questions of what we are allowed to say as well as how public discourse should be regulated are highly contested (as exemplified by recent debates over "political correctness" and "hate speech"). The question is especially pertinent under globalized conditions of increasing social and cultural diversity and unprecedented levels of communication facilitated by the digital revolution. The aim of this course is to discuss several studies that look at the politics of free speech and censorship from an empirical perspective: what are citizens' opinions and preferences over these issues, how do states actually regulate free speech and what are the effects of this regulation? Next to substantive discussion the course will place great emphasis on the practice of quantitative political research and provide ample space for students' projects.