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By the end of this module you should be able to:
1. Differentiate between legal and illegal expressions according to various international, European, national standards and different factual situations.
2. Analyse key legislation and case-law from different jurisdictions concerning free speech, hate speech and incitement to violence or discrimination.
3. Assess and compare the regulatory approach of different jurisdictions to address hate speech and related issues and the links between different regulatory approaches and underlying socio-cultural issues.
4. Critically analyse judgments dealing with free speech, hate speech and incitement to violence or discrimination issues, and present that analysis as a “case note”.
This module will cover the following topics:
1. Introduction to legal and illegal expression
2. Hate speech and incitement to violence: The approach of the European Court of Human Rights
3. Hate speech and incitement to violence: The EU approach
4. Hate speech and incitement to violence: National Approaches (Ireland, the US)
5. The regulatory challenges posed by online hate speech
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
For non-law students, it is strongly recommended to pass the module "LAW10450 Law and Courts" before taking this module.
If this is not the case (e.g. because they are international students), they should at least be able to read a judgment and understand basic legal terminology and jargon used in judgments.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Drafting a case note on a judgment selected from a given list (3000 words maximum).||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Attendance: Attendance and participation during seminars (in at least 70%) of seminars.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Pass/Fail Grade Scale||No||
|Assignment: The students will be required to submit the factual summary and the outline of the case note (1000 words maximum)||Week 8||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities
-During seminars, you will be offered informal feedback during (orally), when asking questions or when replying to questions. -You will have the chance to engage in various online activities for which you will receive feedback (automated feedback) or you will be given materials to self-assess your progress. -In addition, you will receive formal feedback (in written) on at least two occasions: 1. You will be given individual feedback on your case note outline. 2. Post-examination (after the submission of your case note), class feedback will be posted on Brightspace (indicative, not full model answers).
|Dr Sahar Ahmed||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Sara Benedí Lahuerta||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Sergey Katsuba||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|