Legal clinic: "Legal gender studies"

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to combine the tools of legal conceptual analysis with the topics and purposes of gender studies, an interdisciplinary approach that investigates the constructions and effects of sexual and gender identities. In particular, through the study and discussion of Italian law, jurisprudence, and case law, the course seeks to achieve the capacity to integrate knowledge and to analyse, evaluate and manage the problems related to gender equality.
The course will deal with topics such as the concept of gender (and its distinction from the concept of sex), the juridical constructions of gender identities and their social equivalents, the gender legal discrimination and the legal instruments to make up will be discussed.
Expected learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding of the legal problems related to the distinction between genders and to the principle of non-discrimination
- Ability to apply the concepts and tools of gender studies to new legal problems
- Critical judgment acquired through discussions and debates in the classroom
- Development of a communication skill and excellent mastery of the concepts related to gender equality
- Independent learning by managing the critical tools provided by gender studies
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The lessons will be held on Microsoft Teams at the established times, and will be recorded and available on the same platform and on the ARIEL website of the course. Information on how to access Microsoft Teams lessons and other teaching instructions will be uploaded to ARIEL website, which it to be consulted regularly.
Since the attendance of the lessons is not compulsory, all the people who will view the lessons in synchronous mode or, subsequently, in asynchronous mode, will be considered attending-student. Attention: the program for attending-students is different from that of non-attending students.
The procedures for verifying learning and the assessment criteria will not be subject to changes.
The exam will take place orally on the Microsoft Teams platform.
If the health situation allows it, compatibly with the availability of the classrooms and compliance with the necessary safety conditions, the exam will take place in the classroom.
In any case, the possibility of carrying out the exam remotely will be ensured for students who are unable to move to the University.
Further information will be provided on Ariel web-site.
Course syllabus
The course will deal following topics: gender and gender; gender and equality; gender in criminal law; gender-based violence; gender and sexual preferences; gender and parenting; gender and poverty.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific prerequisites.
Teaching methods
This course has the structure of a seminar with huge space for discussion and group work.
Teaching Resources
Attending students
Bibliography available online (, that will be indicated at the first lesson.
Non-attending students.
Four essays selected from O. Giolo, L. Re (eds.), The political subjectivity of women, Arachne, Rome, 2014, or four essays selected from T. Casadei (ed.), Women, law, rights, Giappichelli, Turin, 2015.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination. Evaluation criteria: exposition quality; ability to organize knowledge; ability to manage the concepts and methods of gender studies, applying them to new legal problems.
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Poggi Francesca