The student shall acquire: - the knowledge of the constitutional and legal principles and of the ruling of the courts related to the issues discussed during the course; - the ability to to employ the fundamental principles and the theorical knowledge acquired to the solution of specific case law, the capacity to make sound and coherent judgments on the course's subjects, finding appropriate solutions for controversial issues; - the capacity to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology and avoiding contradictions, - the ability to analyze specific topics in the field of principle of equality, protection of fundamental rights and protection against discrimination, being able to find and study autonomously both legal and jurisprudence materials and the most relevant scientific texts.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will be able to employ the principles and the theorical knowledge acquired to the solution of specific case law, through a coherent reasoning and using a correct terminology.
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
New Rights and conflicting rights: the role of legislation and jurisprudence. Abortion: protection of life v. freedom of choice. In vitro fertilization. End of life problems: euthanasia and assisted suicide. Family evolution and same sex partnerships. Principle of secularity and multiculturalism. Gender discrimination.
Prerequisites for admission
A good knowledge of the constitutional law and the private law is required.
The course will be taught in 42 hours. In addition to traditional lectures, particular attention will be paid on the analysis and comments of the case law, with the active contribution of attending students. Class attendance, even not mandatory, is highly recommended.
M. D'Amico, I diritti contesi. Problematiche attuali del costituzionalismo, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2016. The abovementioned text must be integrated by materials that will be available on the course website.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be oral (about 20 min.) and it will be aimed to test the knowledge and the judgment capacities of the student. Students attending class can choose to take a written test at the end of the course. More information will be given by the professor during classes and on the website of the course. Evaluation criteria are: a) knowledge of the relevant statutes and precedents; b) capacity to employ the acquired knowledge to the solution of specific case law; c) ability to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology.