Criminal law

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with the following competences:
- A comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles and institutions of Italian Criminal Law.
- The knowledge of the most relevant case-law related to Italian Criminal Law.
- The ability to interpret the rules of the general part of the Italian Penal Code, as well as to understand their elementary relations with the rules of the special part.
- The ability to properly handle the Penal Code.
- The abilities to address, discuss and solve practical cases in accordance with Italian Criminal Law.
- The ability to understand and to use the appropriate legal terminology.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students who have successfully learned the subject will have a strong institutional knowledge of the general part of Italian Criminal Law. In addition, they will be acquainted with the Italian Penal Code, they will have enhanced their legal reasoning skills and they will be able to argue, by means of the appropriate terminology, their own thesis when confronted with simple legal problems in the field of criminal law.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will take place, according to the timetable available on the Unimi website, on Microsoft Teams.

Lectures will be held in synchronous (live) mode; the video will remain available on the same platform. However, only live participation will be considered as "attendance" at the lectures, for the purpose of accessing the mid-term exam.

Additional information to join the course Team are available on the Arial webpage of the course.

Teaching methods will remain the same, including the interaction between students and the teacher, which will be pursued also through online learning technologies. The course syllabus and the teaching materials are unchanged.
Course syllabus
The course addresses the fundamental institutions and rules governing Italian Criminal Law, traditionally referred to as the "general part" of the subject. The covered topics include: the legitimacy of criminal law and the theories of punishment; the sources of criminal law and relevant constitutional principles; the elements of crime and the framework of criminal liability; inchoate offences; forms of participation; circumstances; sanctions (both penalties and security measures); corporate criminal liability. For a better understanding of the subject, the analysis of the general part will be complemented with practical examples taken from the special part (i.e. the catalogue of the specific offences). Moreover, in order to enhance students' analysis skills, discussions about specific interpretative problems, selected also on the basis of the most significant case law, will be constantly encouraged.
Prerequisites for admission
According to art. 5 of the "Regolamento didattico del Corso di Laurea in Scienze dei servizi giuridici", in order to take the exam of Criminal Law, students must have already passed the exams of Constitutional Law and Private Law.
Teaching methods
The course is articulated in lectures of two hours each and has a total duration of 63 hours. During lectures, students will be constantly encouraged to take part to discussions on the interpretation of legal provisions, the qualification of conducts according to the Penal Code. Topics for discussions will be also selected by taking into account the relevant case law.
Teaching Resources
G. Marinucci, E. Dolcini, G.L. Gatta, Manuale di diritto penale. Parte generale, 9a ed., Giuffrè, 2020.
The Arial webpage of the course will show in detail which parts of the Textbook are not included in the exam program. Further teaching materials in view of class discussions will be provided on on the same webpage.
An updated Italian Penal Code is also required. The suggested one is: Codice penale e norme complementari, a cura di E. Dolcini, G.L. Gatta, Giuffrè, ultima edizione.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam consists of an oral interview aimed at ascertaining knowledge of the topics covered by the course programme, as well as the capacity to properly explain legal concepts and perform legal reasoning. The student's ability to handle the Italian Penal Code and to interpret its provisions will also be assessed. The evaluation is expressed in 30ths.

Those students who will take part to lectures (synchronously) will be entitled to take a mid-term exam (multiple-choice quiz) on the part of the programme covered up to that moment. Passing this partial exam will allow students to take the final exam (oral interview mode) exclusively on the remaining part of the programme. The Textbook (see "Teaching resources"), except for the parts indicated on the board of the Arial webpage of the course, is in any case an essential learning resource. When they register for the oral part of the exam, students may express their preference to take it with the course's professor. Both the mid-term exam and the final oral interview can be taken only once.

Those students who will not take part to the lectures, or will not pass the mid-term exam, will take the whole final exam beginning from the first exam session at the end of the semester. These students are not entitled to choose to take the exam with the course's professor. The exam will be based on the topics addressed by the Textbook (see "Teaching resources") except for the parts indicated on the board of the Arial webpage of the course.

There is no specific programme for Erasmus students.
IUS/17 - CRIMINAL LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 63 hours
Professor: Zirulia Stefano
Educational website(s)
Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. (on appointment only)
Microsoft Teams or Department of Law "Cesare Beccaria", Criminal law section (Via Festa del Perdono 3, 2nd floor)