Both the teaching units of the course will be divided into two phases, aiming to specific objectives. The first phase main target is to build a solid knowledge and understanding of the basic issues relating to the juridical dimension of personal status (such as the legal status of Italian and EU citizens and of foreigners) and family relationships in situations which imply conflict of laws, with a focus on marriage. This objective will be achieved through the comprehension of the mechanisms presiding the interaction and coordination between legal sources provided by national, European Union and international legal systems, and of the remedies offered by the different national and supranational courts. This first phase is a key enabler to develop in the second part of each teaching unit the ability to apply to concrete cases the knowledge and understanding of the different principles and norms that contribute to the regulation of personal status and family relations, with a view to their practical implementation in the field of multi-level protection provided by the different courts, national, European and international. Furthermore, the acquisition of three specific skills will be pursued continuously throughout the two teaching units in order both to facilitate an easy access to employment and to undertake specialized studies with a high level of autonomy. First the ability to operate with high degree of autonomy within the legal framework of reference through the use of different legal research tools(institutional websites, databases, digital libraries), together with the capability to assess specific and concrete cases by an autonomous and critical interpretation of the legal sources. Second skill is to acquire a proper level of communication (according to the language chosen by each student for her/his studies) through a correct use of juridical terminology. This will enhance her/his ability to interact in multilingual contexts and to play an active role in the judicial cooperation at European and international level. Last objective is to get the capability to further and autonomously update their knowledge to the future legislative and jurisprudential developments, and to continue their education at a master degree level.
Students will gradually acquire the skills related to the objectives of the course. In terms of time, students will preliminary acquire the theoretical basis of the matter, in relation to the specific topics covered by each teaching unit; that will allow them to develop, in a second time, the capacity to give practical application to such knowledge, i.e. to asses concrete cases, through a critical and independent use of sources, the development of an adequate legal lexicon and the use of legal research tools. At the end of the course, students will therefore master the legal competences necessary to understand and interpret complex social and family situations related to the increase in migratory flows and the free movement of citizens within the European Union, as well as to deal with them in a problem-solving perspective. Those skills will enable them both to continue their studies at a master level with a high degree of autonomy, and to have an easy access to employment, particularly in the context of public/private services operating in social sectors.