Intellectual Freedom Syllabus

Course Description

This course examines intellectual freedom as a core professional value in libraries and information organizations. It considers the ethics of intellectual freedom based on interpretations of the First Amendment of the United States and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The course encourages an understanding of conceptual and practical issues of intellectual freedom and allows students an opportunity to develop skills in the defense and support of intellectual freedom.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the relationship between human rights and intellectual freedom
  • Understand the core principles of Intellectual Freedom
  • Understand the impact of violations of intellectual freedom and censorship on democracy
  • Understand how to apply core principles to professional practice, including how to evaluate and respond to challenges to library materials
  • Develop and defend their personal relationships to intellectual freedom

Required Texts

American Library Association. (2021). Intellectual Freedom Manual (10th Edition). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Introduction / Core Documents

Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction.

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