The course provides the student with the knowledge of the main concepts of contemporary constitutionalism and Italian public law (sources of law, constitutional and administrative organization of the State and public bodies, judiciary, rights of the citizens), contributing to the basic training offered by the degree course in the legal field.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student will have a basic knowledge and a clear understanding of contemporary constitutionalism and Italian public law (sources of law, constitutional and administrative organization of the State and public bodies, judiciary, rights of the citizens).
Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student will be able to apply the knowledge acquired to analyze the dynamics of contemporary constitutionalism and the framework of Italian public law.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to elaborate personal thoughts on the main issues and cases related to contemporary constitutionalism and the Italian public law.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to expose the main concepts of constitutionalism and Italian public law with proper legal terminology, systemic thought, and logical reasoning both to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
The student will develop the learning skills necessary to undertake further studies in Comparative Public Law, International Law, and European Union Law, with a high level of self-sufficiency and self-confidence.
As an indication, the course examines: the legal rule and its interpretation and application; the system of the sources of law; the Constitution and the judicial review of legislation; the legal concept and the general characteristics of the State; the several forms of State; the electoral laws and the different forms of government; the principles of the Italian constitutional framework; the Italian Legislative Power; the Italian President of the Republic; the Italian Executive Power; the Italian regional and local system of government; the Italian Public Administration; the Italian Judiciary; the Italian fundamental rights and duties.
Prerequisites for admission
As a first-year, there are no specific prerequisites for taking the exam other than those required for admission to the degree course.
Frontal lessons (academic lectures taught in class with slide support).
Attending students: Lecture notes + Giuseppe Franco Ferrari (editor), Introduction to Italian Public Law, 2nd edition, Giuffrè-Francis Lefebvre (publisher), 2018 (ISBN: 9788828803911).
Non attending students: Giuseppe Franco Ferrari (editor), Introduction to Italian Public Law, 2nd edition, Giuffrè-Francis Lefebvre (publisher), 2018 (ISBN: 9788828803911) + Geert Corstens (author), Understanding the Rule of Law, 1st edition, Hart Publishing (publisher), 2017 (ISBN: 9781509903634)
Assessment methods and Criteria
This exam is written and consists of two parts (I and II), that the student must complete in 1h 45m. For the Part I, the student has to answer to each of the ten the questions proposed by crossing only the correct proposition among the four provided (there is only one fully correct proposition for each question): to each right answer are given 3 points, to each incorrect or skipped answer are given 0 points, crossing more than one answer and/or producing an unintelligible sign results in 0 points. For the Part II, the student has to write an argued essay about the theme proposed. For attending students, the theme assigned and the content of the essay written must especially consider what has been taught in class; for non attending students, the theme assigned and the essay written must consider especially the Book of Geert Corstens. Between 0 and 5 points are attributed to the essay, considering, altogether, the pertinence, correctness, completeness, logic and legal terminology; to skip this part equals to 0 points. The result of the exam is in thirtieth: if the sum of the points assigned in each of the two parts is equal to or higher than "33", then the result is "30 Lode".