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Law School
LAW
Course unit
VENETIAN LAW HISTORY
GIP4063968, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
LAW (Ord. 2017)
GI0270, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination VENETIAN LAW HISTORY
Department of reference Department of Public, International and Community Law
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge SILVIA GASPARINI IUS/19

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/19 History of Mediaeval and Modern Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 24/09/2018
End of activities 11/01/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 A.A. 2018/19 sede di Padova 11/10/2018 30/09/2019 GASPARINI SILVIA (Presidente)
PASSARELLA CLAUDIA (Membro Effettivo)
VALSECCHI CHIARA MARIA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: General information about the history of Europe and the Mediterranean area in the ancient, medieval and modern age. Basic legal and legal-historical concepts. The course of lessons provides the essentials in both areas through in-depth documents included in the study materials. National and international legal culture basics can thus be reviewed whenever necessary, so as to form a coherent, meaningful reference for the topics taught in the course of lessons.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge and understanding: The course of lessons aims at imparting adequate knowledge and methods about the origins and development of the Venetian government, law system and legal culture, as well as about the differences and similarities between the Venetian Republic and other medieval and modern institutions in Europe and the Mediterranean. The institutes of Venetian positive law are thus critically apprehended in their thousand-years evolution on the basis of the peculiar Venetian legal system as a whole, as well as through essential notions of economy and finance, politics and sociology. The fundamental character of the Venetian law system as an effective, remedial and jurisprudential alternative to the Romanistic, substantial and textual tradition is reviewed through the series of consistently pragmatic choices by which it was accrued. Under this aspect, the course of lessons coordinates with the obligatory course of Medieval and Modern Law History.
Applied knowledge and understanding: The theoretical knowledge and methods acquired are applied in the interpretation and contextualisation of archival and historiographical source materials from the medieval, modern and contemporary ages, relevant to the topics of the course of lessons. Access to historical documents allows the students to develop competence in applying the learned critical methods, principles and institutes to the solution of actual legal problems and cases, taking into account contextual social, economical and political data as well as knowledge of the cognitive processes involved in judicial problem-solving.
Critical competences: The comparison between the medieval and modern legal experiences in Venice, Europe and the Mediterranean on one side, and legal systems today on the other, allows for evaluation in historical perspective of the strengths and weaknesses implicit in government structures and legal systems. In particular, such a comparison outlines those solutions the results of which are not acceptable in the light of the basic legal principles and the protection of human rights generally accepted today. As a result, students shall acquire high-level competence in evaluating and critically appraising recurrent legal problems in the Venetian law system, focusing on their collective an individual import.
Communication: The materials of study require competence in fluid use of English as a vehicular language, as well as of non-translatable Venetian terms.
The course of lessons also includes contact with medieval Latin, which however is accompanied by translations. These linguistic tools aim at developing argumentative competences and the expression of personal evaluations about the topics of the course of lessons with a high degree of precision in concepts and language.
Lifelong learning skills: The course trains in legal-historical research methods and a critical approach toward medieval and modern as well as contemporary archival and bibliographical sources, in order to highlight their chronological place, their social, economical and technical context as well as their broadly political aims.
Examination methods: Individual interview. The test develops from a first question, during the discussion of which more will be asked about particular features or links to other relevant topics.
In addition to the sessions of exams listed in the official calendar, it will be possible to undergo verifications of competence during office days and hours. Students are invited to consult Moodle--Venetian Law History--Notizie recenti, in case unforeseen, occasional modifications should be made to the calendar and/or hours of office.
The result of the verification is documented in a certificate delivered to the student; its validity does not expire.
The mark will be formalised during any of the following ordinary sessions of examinations. Therefore the students who undergo the verification must later enlist on UniWeb, after checking that their plan of studies is current and valid.
It is not necessary to answer to the call on the appointed day.
Erasmus students are invited to contact the professor in order to organise special calls for exams, suited to the timetable of their stay in Padova.
Assessment criteria: The student is evaluated for command of the topics touched upon in the course of lessons and especially their functional interrelations, as well as for method and results in approaching relevant archival and historiographical documents.
A critical knowledge of the timeline for the main events in the institutional and legal history of the Republic of Venice is necessary inasmuch as it reveals the development of the system under pressure from political, social and economical events.
The .pdf documents posted on the website specified below, but not included in the study materials for the current year, will not be the subject of questions during the test. However their knowledge through careful reading is assumed.
Course unit contents: Introduction: topics to be treated, methods of approach, general information and conceptual elements; Before independence (antiquity-VIII century); Ducatus (742-1143); Comune (1143-1297); Republic (1297-1454).
See Moodle for details.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons in the classroom will introduce the discipline and explain the specifics of each phase in the historical development of the Venetian institutions and law system, together with in-depth presentations of digitized images, documents and historiography.
Each year one wide monographical topic is chosen and explored with direct recourse to archival, bibliographical and historiographical sources.
With regard to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, goal 4: Quality Instruction, the professor is ready to answer all questions asked by during lessons, as well as during office hours and through e-mail (silvia.gasparini@unipd.it).
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study materials are available online at the page:
http://www.arielcaliban.org/paxtibimarce.htm
All students shall study the chapters 1-4, plus the monographical topic for the current year.
The monographical topic for the year will apply to all students beginning with the first spring call for exams after the end of the course of lessons.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Silvia Gasparini et al., Pax tibi Marce. Venice: government, law, jurisprudence. Venezia: istituzioni, diritto, giurisprudenza. --: --, --. Testo sul quale vengono formulate le domande di esame, online at: http://www.arielcaliban.org/paxtibimarce.htm
  • Giorgio Zordan, L'ordinamento giuridico veneziano. Seconda edizione riveduta, corretta e aggiornata. Padova: Imprimitur sas -- via Pietro Canal 15, 2005. NON è testo di studio, ma può essere utile a chi non ha familiarità con internet. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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