Aim of the course is to investigate the multiple nuances assumed by individual liberty in our legal system, looking at both the evolution of its protection and the evolution of the content acquired by the legal concept of individual liberty. The course consists of two parts: a first part will offer lectures aimed at providing the fundamental notions of fundamental rights issues; a second part, more dialogical and focused on Italian case law, will deepen the legal problems of individual freedom by taking into account the end-of-life related issues as a paradigmatic example. At the end of the course the student will have an in-depth knowledge of the course topics related to fundamental rights and individual liberty. The student will also acquire a reasoning method suitable for dealing with more specific and complex legal issues and the ability to establish connections between the theoretical framework and concrete situations, developing an appropriate argumentative apparatus.
Expected learning outcomes
· Knowledge and understanding: students shall know the main legal issues concerning fundamental rights; · Applying knowledge and understanding: students shall be able to employ notions acquired during the course to the understanding of current events; · Making judgements: students shall be able to make accurate judgments on fundamental rights issues; · Communication: students shall be able to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology; · Lifelong learning skills: students shall acquire good individual study skills.
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The teaching program includes the following topics: fundamental rights; art. 2 and art. 3 Italian Constitution; principle of reasonableness; individual rights, negative liberties and social rights; human dignity; end-of-life decisions (informed consent, withdrawal of medical treatment; assisted suicide; euthanasia)
Prerequisites for admission
no prerequisites are required
Professors will use: a) lectures; b) thematic insights proposed to students (with particular regard to the analysis of case-law)
the bibliography will be suggested during the course
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be written. The evaluation will be expressed as positive or negative.