Theory of Justice

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to introduce students to the theoretical foundations of the idea of justice by identifying and discussing its main conceptions and legal rules.
The aim is to offer a general theoretical framework within which to deal with more specific issues that affect the moral assessment of legal rules and public choices, and the decisions to be taken in dilemmas.
The lessons will seek to encourage discussion in the classroom, also in order to contribute to the improvement of the students' abilities.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have taken over the contents of the course, will have developed adequate argumentative skills at a philosophical and juridical level and will have acquired appropriate competences to favor the continuation of studies with a deeper awareness of the philosophical dimension of some legal problems.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
If possible, lessons will be held in presence, but, even in this case, the lessons will take place on the Microsoft Teams platform, both synchronously, based on the first semester timetable, and asynchronously, since they will all be recorded and left available to students on the same platform.

Program and reference material
The program and the reference material will not change.

Learning verification procedures and assessment criteria
The exam will take place in oral form using the Microsoft Teams platform or, where the provisions allow, in the presence, always in oral form.
The evaluation criteria remain unchanged.
Course syllabus
The teaching program provides for the presentation and discussion of the following topics:
The idea of justice.
The genealogy of justice.
Formal justice and substantive justice.
Justice and legality.
Justice and equality.
Distributive, allocative, commutative, retributive justice.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific preliminary knowledge is required.
Teaching methods
The teaching includes lectures with strong student involvement, in the form of group discussions initiated by the teacher or by the students themselves.
Attendance is optional, but strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
The exam will focus on the texts:
1. M. Ricciardi (ed.), L'ideale di giustizia, Milano, Università Bocconi Editore, 2010, essays by: Dworkin, Nozick, Cohen, Honoré.
2. S. Maffettone, S. Veca (eds.), L'idea di giustizia da Platone a Rawls, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2015, essays by: Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Rousseau, Bentham, Mill, Sidgwick, Hart, Hayek
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral and aims to verify the knowledge of the fundamental concepts and theories of the subject, the ability to organize this knowledge discursively, the ability to develop a critical reasoning on the contents of the subject, the quality of the exposure and the lexicon used.

The evaluation will be expressed in thirtieths plus possible praise.
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Del Bo' Corrado
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