COVID-19 and Global Inequalities

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course, complementing Sociology of Law, aims to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals belonging to disadvantaged communities, by providing students with the conceptual and legal tools to address inequalities in a perspective of law and society.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course students are expected to have developed:
- Capacity to critically analyze the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and inequalities
- Ability to reflect in an interdisciplinary manner and in relation to international contexts
- Independent reasoning in examining the suggested issues
- Ability to communicate in an international and interdisciplinary context
- Ability to apply the acquired knowledge to a variety of contexts
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course analyzes the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals belonging to disadvantaged communities and, within these, on the most vulnerable ones, in relationship with anti-discrimination law and policy. The course is part of the International Course "COVID-19 and Global Inequalities", coordinated by the University of California, Berkeley (US) and the Portsmouth Law School (UK), and joined, furthermore, by the University of Milano, the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), MacKenzie University School of Law (São Paulo, Brazil), Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Derecho (Argentina), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Wuhan University School of Law (China), Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and the University of Palermo.
Students part-taking in the course will therefore have the opportunity to work, discuss and interact with teachers, experts and students from different Universities.
The lessons of the course will be delivered remotely on the zoom platform of the University of Berkeley.
After the first introductory lesson, the course will address such thematic areas as: Domestic violence; Incarceration; Low-income work; Migrants; People with disabilities; Age; People who identify as LGBTQ +; Indigenous people.
Due to organizational reasons, students interested in getting further information and in participating in the course need to write to: Prof. Letizia Mancini (; Dr. Barbara Giovanna Bello (
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge of the topic is required. However, a fair command of English is needed in order to understand the issues of the course and to interact with teachers and peers from other Countries.
Teaching methods
Each lesson includes theoretical presentations, interactive debates and international buzz groups composed of students from various Countries.
Teaching Resources
Material will be provided during the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
For the purposes of acquiring 3 credits, active participation in the lectures is required. Students' attendance is compulsory (absence of one lecture is permitted). The evaluation is expressed as "approved/not approved".
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Mancini Letizia
In the first semester, the reception will take place in person or on MTeams ( syd99y3) on Tuesdays at 10, by appointment via email:
Dipartimento 'Cesare Beccaria', MTeams