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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP3050087, A.A. 2014/15

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2014/15
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/20 Philosophy of Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2015
End of activities 13/06/2015
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Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of political and legal philosophy is recommended
Target skills and knowledge: The purpose of the course "Human Rights and International Justice" is to provide students with an understanding of the profound changes of the concept of citizenship and particularly of the European Citizenship. By the end of the class, successful students will be able to a) identify the main developments of the European Citizenship in the context of the EC and of the EU; b) to distinguish the fundamental rights that constitute the content of European citizenship and their judicial protection; c) the major debates on the transformation of the concept of citizenship in the context of the European constitutional order d) to analyze the so called European culture and identity.
Examination methods: Attending students are expected to prepare and present in class a paper during the course between those uploaded on mooddle/eleraning by prof. Margiotta. The Final Exam is written.
Non attending students will have a different program for the exam to be agreed with prof. Margiotta by mail (
Assessment criteria: Evaluation: Class Participation; Presentation of the Paper and Final written Exam.
Course unit contents: The overall aim of the course is to ask what sense and content the term citizenship has outside a nationally-defined boundary and what relationships exist between nationally-defined citizenship and new transnational citizenship.
We will discuss the transformations of citizenship in a context of migration and European integration. In the first part of the course we will introduce key theories of citizenship and will examine the shifting meaning and boundaries of citizenship from a conceptual angle. Traditionally citizenship has been understood as a bundle of rights and obligations for members of nation states, we will show how the European citizenship oblige to move from a state based perspective towards studying broader citizenship constellations with nested and partially overlapping boundaries of political communities. We will revise the architecture of citizenship in Europe, with specific attention to two of the main characteristics of this citizenship: The character of not being an autonomous citizenship and the lack of coordination and of harmonization of the criteria of acquisition of citizenship in the member States.
In a second part, we will look at the rules for acquisition and loss of the citizenship as a legal status in EU member states and examine how nationally bounded citizenship is enriched through the addition of EU citizenship.
We will try to answer to the following questions: Which “external effects” can European citizenship have, in the context of neighbourhood countries? Which are the consequences that the mutual opening of the EU states, their reciprocal commitment inside a common legal framework have had on the single national citizenships and on nationality laws? Given the absence of a coordination of states nationality laws, can this diversity affect EU citizenship and definitely impose its autonomy?

We will then examine the basic architecture of EU citizenship: its evolution, the key characteristics of its definition in the EU Treaties such as its derivation from Member State nationality and ECJ case law concerning European citizens and their fundamental rights, analyzing which is the role of ECJ in pushing the boundaries of EU citizenship ever outwards.
A further key question will be to develop what we mean by transnational citizenship by considering in what ways EU citizenship can be considered to be a good example of transnational citizenship. We will then consider how EU citizenship creates a regime of free movement that contrasts with immigration control and integration policies for third country nationals: we will analyze the relation between migration, citizenship and law in the EU.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes will be conducted in a mixed, lecture-discussion format. Instructor will provide a short context-setting lecture, and students will prepare questions and notes: the two together will form the basis of a structured discussion.
The course is designed so as to help students to formulate and express their own ideas on the themes taken up. Therefore, discussion is an integral component of the course, and the grade will also be based on participation in class discussions.
Students will also be expected to give one in-class presentation.
Professors from foreign universities will give lectures in this course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For legislation and EU case law we will use: P. Craig and G. de Búrca, EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials. Ch 23 Citizenship of the European Union, 819-853 (OUP, 2011);
the best web site to use is
The course reading materials will be provided during the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bellamy, R., D. Castiglione, and J. Shaw, Making European Citizens. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Margiotta Costanza, Cittadinanza europea. Istruzioni per l'uso. Roma-bari: Laterza, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Francesco Rossi dal Pozzo, CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. --: .Kluwer, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Margiotta C. , Vonk. O., Nationality Law and European Citizenship: The Role of Dual Nationality. --: EUI working papers: RSC, 2010.