The welfare state and new social rights

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at developing the knowledge of the Italian welfare system and, in particular, of the legal tools designed to protect and implement the so-called new social rights. The lectures will offer a theoretical framework and the analysis of practical cases related to the new rights; the course includes also meetings and interviews with subjects employed in the institutions involved in the protection of these rights in order to better understand the practical problems of their protection. At the end of the course, the student who has successfully attended the lessons will acquire a thorough knowledge of the topics covered in the course and will have acquired a method of reasoning suitable for dealing with related legal issues.
Expected learning outcomes
· Knowledge and understanding: students shall know the main features of the Italian welfare system and of the legal tools designed to protect and implement the so-called new social rights;
· Applying knowledge and understanding: students shall be able to read current events, ongoing case law and pending constitutional reforms;
· Making judgements: students shall acquire a critical approach on the course topics that will allow them to assess the importance, but also the critical points, of the Italian welfare system;
· Communication: students shall be able to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology;
· Lifelong learning skills: students shall acquire good individual study skills.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching method
Classes will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, following the lessons timetable. Live-streamed classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform and on the course ARIEL website.
Students will be informed as soon as possible, through the course ARIEL website, in case they will be able also to attend in person the classes at University. This possibility will depend upon the evolution of the emergency and the respect of the security directives. In any case the live classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.

Program and material
The course program and the reference material of the course are unchanged.

Learning assessment procedures and evaluation criteria
Learning assessment procedures and evaluation criteria are unchanged. Student learning will be assessed through an oral exam via the Microsoft Teams platform.
Whereas possible, according to the pandemic situation and in compliance with the necessary safety conditions, the exam will take place in presence. In any case, the possibility of taking the exam from remote locations will be ensured for students who are unable to leave their place of residence and/or domicile.
More information and updates will be available on the course Ariel website. For this reason, students are encouraged to check the course ARIEL website regularly.
Course syllabus
The teaching program includes the following topics: social rights; welfare state (models and issues); economic and social rights; social rights, Regions and Local Authorities; new rights and new social rights (right to environment; right to food and water, right to house; minimum income; new rights and scientific development); common goods; social rights and European Union
Prerequisites for admission
To have passed the Constitutional law exam is required
Teaching methods
Professors will use: a) lectures; b) thematic insights proposed to students (with particular regard to the analysis of constitutional case-law on social rights and new social rights); c) interviews with subjects who, operating in the third sector or in specific institutions, are involved in protecting and promoting "new social rights".
Teaching Resources
- B. Vimercati, Il diritto ai beni vitali,
- S. Scagliarini, Diritti sociali nuovi e diritti sociali in fieri nella giurisprudenza costituzionale, in
- D. Tega, Welfare e crisi davanti alla Corte Costituzionale, in Giornale di diritto del lavoro e di relazioni industriali, 2014
- G. Grasso, I diritti sociali e la crisi oltre lo stato nazionale, in Rivista AIC, 2016
- A. Rovagnati, Sulla natura dei diritti sociali, Giappichelli, Torino.

The papers will be available on Ariel (exept the book A. Rovagnati, Sulla natura dei diritti sociali)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be oral. The evaluation will take into account, in addition to the acquisition of the contents of the teaching, the ability to organize the knowledge discursively, the capacity for critical reasoning, the quality of the exposure, the competence in the use of the proper lexicon. The final mark/grade will be expressed in **/30.
For attending students, the evaluation will take into account active participation in the course and in-depth initiatives proposed.
IUS/08 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 63 hours