Assignment description for Paper #2, Due November 4th Debate question for November 4th: That the University of Washington should establish a speech code prohibiting the use of hate speech on campus.
Read the articles listed below (and available online) and use these articles to write a brief in favor of establishing speech codes and a brief opposed to establishing speech codes. Each brief should be about a page and a half to two pages long. Both cases should follow the stock issues outlined in chapter 11. In the affirmative brief you should demonstrate ill, prove blame, show why speech codes offer a cure, address the costs, and then highlight any additional benefits. In the negative case, you need to develop an argument to refute ill, demonstrate that any blame is not due to the status quo, refute the cure, emphasize the costs of a speech code, and refute additional benefits. You do not need to summarize the articles; they are simply here to provide you background reading and the evidence necessary to develop your cases. Bring your cases to class on November 4th since we will be debating the topic in-class.
The paper (the two cases) will be evaluated based on you ability to develop an affirmative (20 points) and negative case (20 points) as well as you ability to follow the guidelines for a good paper outlined on the syllabus and restated below (10 points).
All of these readings are available through the library’s online reserve system for our class (COM 334B)
Altman, Andrew. “Liberalism and Campus Hate Speech” Campus Wars: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Difference. Eds. John Arthur and Amy Shapiro. Boulder: Westview Press, 1995. 122-134
Greenawalt, Kent. “Campus Speech codes and Workplace Harassment” Fighting Words: Individuals, Communities, and Liberties of Speech. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.
Gunther, Gerald. “Good Speech, Bad Speech—No” Campus Wars: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Difference. Eds. John Arthur and Amy Shapiro. Boulder: Westview Press, 1995. 109-113
Lawrence III, Charles R. From “If He Hollers Let Him Go: Regulating Racist Speech on Campus” Hate Speech On Campus: Cases, Case Studies, and Commentary. Eds. Milton Heumann and Thomas W. Church. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997. 270-287.
Strossen, Nadine. From “Regulating Racist Speech on Campus: A Modest Proposal?” Hate Speech On Campus: Cases, Case Studies, and Commentary. Eds. Milton Heumann and Thomas W. Church. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997. 289-308.