Constitutional law advanced (italian constitutional law)

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
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.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Until the end of the sanitary emergency the course will be subject to the following changes, except for different indications of which will be given timely notice on the Ariel website of the course.

Teaching methods:
The lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform and, at the same time, they will be recorded and left available to students on the same platform. Therefore, it will be possible for students to follow them both synchronously - based on the timetable of the first quarter - and asynchronously. For every lesson additional materials (slides, case law and doctrinal material), useful for a better understanding of the topics, will be available on the Ariel platform. During the lessons, students may be asked to engage in some interactive activities (e.g., answer short questions, both multiple-choice and free-choice, or identify possible solutions to problematic cases), activities that can be carried out both by students who follow in synchronous mode and by those who prefer to attend asynchronously.

Syllabus and Bibliography:
The program and the reference material will not be changed: please note that, as in the previous editions of the course, the volume "I diritti contesi", by M. D'Amico, must be integrated with the materials that will be uploaded on the Ariel site of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria:
The exam will take place in oral form, using the Microsoft Teams platform. Until the end of the emergency phase, the written test for attending students will not take place, and it will be replaced by an oral interview, to be held on the Microsoft Teams platform. If, by the end of the course, the health emergency will come to an end, the written test for the attending students could be reinstated. If this is the case, students will be promptly informed during the lessons and on the Ariel website of the course.

The exam will be aimed at:
- verify the knowledge of the legislative discipline and of the case law discussed in class;
- verify the ability to apply the notions acquired in solving specific problems;
- verify the ability to present in a clear and orderly manner, and the competence in the use of an adequate vocabulary.
Course syllabus
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.
Prerequisites for admission
A good knowledge of the constitutional law and the private law is required.
Teaching methods
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.
Teaching Resources
M. D'Amico, I diritti contesi. Problematiche attuali del costituzionalismo, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2016 (except for pages 183-230). 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 - 30 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.
IUS/08 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Cuniberti Marco
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