The welfare state and new social rights

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
According to the learning objectives of the Degree Course (aimed at training qualified professionals offering them a high
level of knowledge in order to enable graduates to properly apply and implement the legislation), the course aims at developing the knowledge
of the Italian welfare system and, in particular, of the legal tools designed to guarantee the so-called new social rights. The lectures will offer a
theoretical framework and the analysis of practical cases related to the new rights; the course includes also meetings and interviews with
subjects employed in the institutions involved in the protection of these rights in order to better understand the practical problems of their
protection. At the end of the course, the student who has successfully attended the lessons will acquire a thorough knowledge of the topics
covered in the course and will have acquired a method of reasoning suitable for dealing with related legal issues.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: students shall know the main features of the Italian welfare system and of the legal tools designed to protect and implement the so-called new social rights;
·Applying knowledge and understanding: students shall be able to read current events, ongoing case law and pending constitutional reforms;
·Making judgements: students shall acquire a critical approach on the course topics that will allow them to assess the importance, but also the critical points, of the Italian welfare system related to the functioning and regulation of legal institutions, legal entities and subjective legal positions pertinent to the welfare system and the protection of social rights, including the problems and implications arising from the recognition of new rights and, in particular, of new social rights;
·Communication: students shall be able to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology and properly support their arguments during debates among peers;
·Lifelong learning skills: students shall acquire good individual study skills.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The teaching program includes the following topics: social rights; welfare state (models and issues); economic and social rights; social rights, Regions and Local Authorities; new rights and new social rights (right to environment; right to food and water, right to house; minimum income; new rights and scientific development); common goods; social rights and European Union
Prerequisites for admission
To have passed the Constitutional law exam is required
Teaching methods
Professors will use: a) lectures; b) thematic insights proposed to students (with particular regard to the analysis of constitutional case-law on social rights and new social rights); c) interviews with subjects who, operating in the third sector or in specific institutions, are involved in protecting and promoting "new social rights".
Teaching Resources
- B. Vimercati, Il diritto ai beni vitali,
- S. Scagliarini, Diritti sociali nuovi e diritti sociali in fieri nella giurisprudenza costituzionale, in
- A. Rovagnati, Sulla natura dei diritti sociali, Giappichelli, Torino.

On Ariel you can find attached the PDF version of the two papers.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be oral. The evaluation will take into account, in addition to the acquisition of the contents of the teaching, the ability to organize the knowledge discursively, the capacity for critical reasoning, the quality of the exposure, the competence in the use of the proper lexicon. The final mark/grade will be expressed in **/30.
For attending students, the evaluation will take into account active participation in the course and in-depth initiatives proposed. Attending students can be assessed through a written exam at the end of the course which, if passed, will allow a reduced program to be prepared for the oral exam.
IUS/08 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 63 hours
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