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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084328, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP AND LAW
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

Teacher in charge GUIDO GORGONI IUS/20

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 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at developing a critical appraisal of the current issues raised by the increasing digitalisation of many crucial aspects of our daily life in relation to the idea pf privacy, identity and citizenship. By the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand and critically assess issues related to fundamental rights and the internet, and to the active role played by us as "digital citizens".
Examination methods: Written exam with open questions.

There are two options:
- general exam and class presentation;
- general exam and submit an essay on the day of the written exam.
Assessment criteria: The assessment methods have been designed in order to stimulate active involvement in the course and to develop a mix of knowledge and specific writing capacities.

The grade breakdown is as follows:
- Group presentation (max 3 people) or individual written assignment: 40%
- Final exam: 60%

The written assignment (paper) will have to be max 4,000 words long.
Course unit contents: The course aims at introducing students to the subject of “digital citizenship”, intended as a heuristic concept for examining how uses of digital infrastructures – understood not simply as a set of technical tools but as constituted through social relations and practices – contribute to broader civic culture.
Following this idea “digital constitutionalism” will also be examined, intended as the attempt to configuring internet as a place inhabited by full-fledged citizens rather than by simple consumers, by bringing constitutional approaches to the internet which try to articulate political rights, governance norms, and limitations on the exercise of power on the Internet.
Within this framework the idea of Privacy will be analysed as a crucial dimension of digital citizenship in the digital age, in front of the development of Big Data and machine-learning. The principles of a democratic internet governance will be analyzed (such as net neutrality, access, data control, etc.), as well as the main principles of the European General Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR).
Spme practical activities, to be conducted either individually or in group, will be proposed to complement lessons (for example, but not limited to: Tracking online, Metadata and profiling, Big data, machine-learning and new issues of privacy, Obfuscation).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes will be conducted both under the form of lectures and of seminars. The teacher will provide context-setting lecture and the materials for further reading, and students will prepare questions and notes; texts will be discussed in class, with student presentations of texts they have read.
Discussion is an integral component of the course, and the grade will also be based on participation in class discussions.

Guest speakers will be invited.

Some practical activities will be proposed through the dedicated Moodle page.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study materials will be made available on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pollicino, Oreste; Romeo, Graziella, Internet and constitutional law. The protection of fundamental rights and constitutional adjudication in Europe. London: New York, Routledge, 2016. not compulsory Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gonzàlez Fuster, Gloria; Scherrer, Armandine, Big Data and smart devices and their impact on privacy. Brussels: European Union, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zuboff, Shoshana, The age of surveillance capitalism: The fight for a human future at the new frontier of power. New York: PublicAffairs, 2019. not compulsory Cerca nel catalogo
  • Isin, Engin, and Evelyn Ruppert., Being Digital Citizens. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015. not compulsory Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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