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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP3049234, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
EP2448, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL THEORY OF LAW
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
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 GIUSEPPE ZACCARIA

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

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 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: No specific previous knowledge is required.
Target skills and knowledge: By passing the exam students
(1) acquire knowledge on the features of legal normativity with regard to the wider phenomenon of regulation; legal norms; different legal orders, such as domestic, international and Communitarian ones, their relationships, as well as transnational law; on the process of application of law, namely with reference to interpretation and its role on the concretisation of law;
(2) become able to apply, also with a critical stance, foundations to the understanding of the relations between law and authority, law and political order;
(3) become able to properly use the legal and theoretical lexicon that is relevant to the topics covered by the syllabus;
(4) become able to recognize and analyse arguments and theoretical stances.
Examination methods: Final exam consists in a written exam that lasts two hours and articulated in three open questions covering the content of the course.
Students have six dates at their disposal to take this exam.
Assessment criteria: The colloquium score is from 18 to 30/30 cum laude.
In the colloquium students have to show (a) to have aquired knowledge on the features of legal norms and legal orders; on the function and theories of interpretation and argumentation in law; on the relation between legal normativity and political order (b) to be able to define notions and phenomena; (c) to be able to properly use the basic legal and theoretical lexicon that is relevant to the topics covered by the syllabus, also with reference to theoretical issues; (d) to be able to recognize arguments and theoretical stances.
Course unit contents: 1. Elements and structure of legal normativity (30 hours):
(a) legal norm: structure, validity, effectiveness, efficacy;
(b) legal order: structure, theories, kinds (domestic, international, Communitarian, transnational law and relations between legal orders;
(c) law and political order: rule of law and judicial review;
(d) the concept of law: open issues and main theories;
(e) application of law and role and its role for the concretization of law;
2. Transformations of legal sources and forms of legal pluralism (15 hours) with reference to:
(a) increasing and new uses of soft regulation;
(b) globalization of law;
(c) governance as a model/style of regulation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: For each of the topics covered by the syllabus, classes will develop through:
(1) Lecturing, in which the teacher introduces the main notions and topics, also by using the tecnique of questioning;
(2) Interactive lecturing: discussion on specific issues and points;
(3) "flipped-classroom": students are invited to work on reading material, which is subsequentely discussed during class or used as a basis for presentations or practicing;
(4) working-groups:volunteer students are invited to work in groups by reading given material and presenting the results during classes;
(5) seminars with scholars/experts on some specific topics: in order to actively participate in the seminars students will be given preparatory readings through the distant learning platform;
(6) continuous self-assessment of the individual degree of understanding of the topics covered by the syllabus: through (a) questionnaire that students are invited to answer at home and that are discussed in class; (b) mind-maps that often students are required to work out, to become fully aware of the links among notions, topics, and issues.
Slides that are used during classes, reading materials, self-assessment questionnaires and any further material/information for orienting students in going more deeply into some key-issues are sistematically delivered to students through the on line teaching platform "Moodle" (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • B. Pastore, F. Viola, G. Zaccaria, Le ragioni del diritto. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2017. limitatamente ai capitoli 3, 4, 5. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Zaccaria, La comprensione del diritto. Bari: Laterza, 2012. Limitatamente alla parte prima. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Flipped classroom
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Reflective writing

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

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