Women's rights in the constitutional state

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing students with an extensive knowledge of the rights of women in a national, supranational and comparative perspective.
The course will interlace theory, through frontal lessons, with case-law analysis with the goal of engaging students in discussions and of favoring their critical analysis of the topics at issue.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to fulfil the following goals: knowledge and understanding of the topics addressed; the ability to develop critical judgments.
These goals aim to empower students in their university career and in their professional future.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Teaching methods
To attend the course, participants are required to preregister in order to assess if it is possible to participate in person.
Modalities and criteria to participate to the in person lectures will be published in advance on the Ariel platform.
The in person lectures will be carried out by simultaneously activating the Microsoft Teams platform in order to allow possible remote connections.

If it is not possible to carry out the activity in person, the lectures will take place on Microsoft Teams in synchronous mode, at the established schedule and will be recorded and available on the Ariel platform in asynchronous mode.
Information on how to access to the lectures on Microsoft Teams and other instructions on teaching will be uploaded on the Ariel platform: it is recommended to check it regularly.
The course will alternate different teaching techniques: lectures, seminar method, analysis of legal materials and case solutions.
Lectures may also include pre-recorded materials.

Program and reference materials
The course program is unchanged. The content of the individual lectures may be modified according to the teaching methods described above.
The reference materials are unchanged.

Methods and verification of learning and evaluation criteria
The learning verification methods and assessment criteria will not be changed. The oral examinations will take place in presence or on Microsoft Teams according to the guidelines in force at the time of the appeal.
Course syllabus
The course "Women's Rights in the Constitutional State" intends to address the variety of issues that deal with the recognition of the rights of women within the legal system.
Following a first part dedicated to the origins of gender discrimination in ancient Greece, to the process of female emancipation with a specific focus on women's suffrage and to the contribution of female founders in the process of the elaboration of the Italian Constitution, the course aims at investigating these issues, from a national and European perspective.

More specifically, the course will be focusing on:

- Women's political representation;

- Women's emancipation within the labor market and in the economy;

- The recognition of reproductive rights (e.g. in the field of voluntary termination of pregnancy; artificial reproductive technologies; surrogacy of motherhood);

- Women's images in the media and in advertising;

- Violence against women;

- Criticisms related to multiculturalism and women's rights;

- Innovative fields of research following the development and implementation of artificial intelligence and its impact on women's rights.
Prerequisites for admission
In order to attend the course, students are required to have successfully passed the exams of Constitutional law.
Teaching methods
The course will interlace theory, through frontal lessons, with case-law analysis.
Teaching Resources
Study materials, including power point presentations, and additional readings will be regularly uploaded on Course's website page on the Ariel platform.

Preparatory Reading:
M. D'AMICO, Una parità ambigua, Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2020.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Attending Student:
- in-class presentations on an assigned case;
- final colloquium.

Non attending students:
- oral exam.
IUS/08 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 45 hours