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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6074579, 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
PS2292, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 LUCIA BUSATTA

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/17 Criminal 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 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BUSATTA LUCIA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed at offering students the basis to understand legal concepts of utmost relevance in the psychologist's professional practice. During the course, students will learn how to search and identify sources of law and to critically deal with complex legal texts. Fundamental legal institutions and concepts will be approached both through theoretical lectures and case-law. Students are required to actively participate during the course, to encourage the learning of legal notions and to develop a critical approach to legal studies.
By the end of the course student will acquire the following skills:
- Searching and identifying sources of law;
- Distinguishing state institutions and their functions;
- Knowing the Constitution and understanding the meaning of legal norms;
- Critically discuss legal topics concerning the organisation and functioning of public and social services;
- Distinguishing judges and jurisdictions and critically analysing a judicial decision;
- Identifying relevant legal topics and constitutional rights in the dynamics characterising the organisation of services for families and children.
Examination methods: Written exam. Students will be required to answer three questions, one for each of the course sections.
Assessment criteria: The following elements will be considered for the evaluation:
- accuracy in the explanation (presenting topics with a logical order, lexical properties);
- knowledge of the course's contents and relevance of the answer;
- critical approach and personal re-elaboration of the topic by the student (espacially with regards to practical cases analysed during the course);
- ability to link theoretical legal topics with concrete examples, either analysed during the course or elaborated by the student upon personal study.
Course unit contents: The course is divided in three sections.
A. The first one will focus on basic legal concepts and on the theory of the legal order. In particular:
a. The concept of legal norm and legal subjects.
b. Sources of law and legal interpretation.
c. The legal order and the state; the European Union.
d. Constitutional organisation and public administration.

B. The second section will focus on sources of law and constitutional institutions (with special regard to the public administration and social and health services). In particular:
a. The Constitution and sources of law: ordinary law; legislative decrees and law decrees; secondary sources of law.
b. Constitutional rights protection: social rights and welfare.
c. Welfare systems. Right to healthcare and the healthcare service.

C. The third section of the course will focus on the discussion of practical cases. In this section the course will deal with some legal istitutions which are relevant for the psychologist's professional preparation. Topics that might be taken into consideration will include (but are not limited to): informed consent; public services for families; the Italian law on abortion; legal aspects of assisted reproduction techniques; adoption; instruments for minors' protection; children and migration.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will mainly run in frontal lectures. Students are required to actively participate and intervene in the discussion of practical cases. Theoretical topics will be explained through examples taken from current events. During the third section of the course, students' active involvement in the presentation and discussion of practical cases will be particularly appreciated.
Additional notes about suggested reading: When available, the lecturer will recommend further readings for a more detailed study of the topics explained during the course. Moreover, time by time, the lecturer will recommend tools and websiste to find sources of law and judicial decisions analysed during the course.
The textbook for the course is: Roberto Bin, Daniele Donati e Giovanni Pitruzzella, "Lineamenti di diritto pubblico per i servizi sociali", Giappichelli, Torino, last edition.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Roberto Bin, Daniele Donati, Giovanni Pitruzzella, Lineamenti di diritto pubblico per i servizi sociali. Torino: Giappichelli, --. Ultima edizione Cerca nel catalogo

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