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GIP9088021, A.A. 2019/20

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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. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination LAW OF "SUSTAINABLE" CORPORATIONS
Department of reference Department of Public, International and Community Law
E-Learning website
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 MAURIZIO BIANCHINI IUS/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/04 Commercial 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 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: "Private Law II" is a pre-requisite for this Course.
"Private Law" for students enrolled in the Course per "Consulenti del Lavoro").

Erasmus and International Students should have passed an equivalent of "Private Law" Course (Property, Contracts and Torts) at their own Academic Institution.

Knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Law is also suggested (but not required). Students who have not yet acquired the basics of Company Law will benefit from the introductory part of the Course, aimed precisely at that end.
Target skills and knowledge: Corporation's "ownership", Legal personality, Limited Liability, fiduciary duties, Corporate Finance are traditionally the foundative set of rules of any company around the World. They will be critically revisited during this Comparative Company Law course.
More specifically, the Course looks at the corporation’s current design: its externalization of social costs (limited liability); the short-termism of corporate decision-making, the “group think” culture of corporate leadership, and corporate personhood (legal personality).
It then considers some current responses to these non-sustainable attributes: planet (environmental liabilities), people (voluntary CSR movement), and profits (institutional shareholder activism).
The course concludes by considering some paradigm shifts: revamped disclosure, new business forms, the corporation as integrated system, the corporation as moral agent, and re-conceptualizations of corporate leadershipThis seminar course will help students in getting ready for the tremendous changes our global society will continue to face.
In addition, this seminar course will change participating students' view of traditional «Company Law».
At the end of this Course participating Students will be able to critically detect the «sustainable» principles of the modern enterprise that takes the legal form of a «company» and to contrast them with the «non-sustainable» rules in the light of the tremendous changes globalization of the economy brought about.
Examination methods: The examination consists of three types of written tests, two intermediate assignments and one final paper, which will be graded according to the following prospectus:
- weekly group works: 20% of the final grade;
- quizzes to be answered (individually) at the end of each Unit of the course: 30% of the final grade;
- Final individual paper (1500 words): 40% of the final grade.

In addition, 10% of the final grade will be determined based on the assessment of the level and quality of participation in the course activities and the discussions held in class.
Assessment criteria: The overall evaluation of each student participating in the Course follows the corresponding intermediate and final tests, and it will also take into account the quality and the level of active participation in the lessons and the feedbacks of reading of the texts, materials and cases assigned for each meeting.
Course unit contents: UN Countries are expected to accomplish by 2030 17 challenging sustainability goals .
But what about large companies?
Today, the Modern Corporation is placed at the intersection of all these goals, as its size, its multinational reach, its «natural» ability to raise large amount of capitals, to influence political power, to remunerate investments, to hire labor force, to invest in cutting edge research and innovative technology and to compete in the globalized markets makes it the principal actor of the current human evolution;
Corporation's "ownership", Legal personality, Limited Liability, fiduciary duties, Corporate Finance are traditionally the foundative set of rules of any company around the World. They will be critically revisited during this Comparative Company Law course.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course offers attending students a chance to explore the modern corporation, its essential design, the current efforts to re-design the corporation in the light of the “sustainability” principles, and new corporate paradigms.
The course is organized into five Units: 
Unit 1 (two weeks): Introduces the basics of company law;
Unit 2 (one week): Describes the non-sustainability of the corporation’s current design;
Unit 3 (two weeks): Analyzes trends (triple bottom line: planet, people, profits) to temper this non-sustainability;
Unit 4 (one week): Identifies proposals to refashion the corporation;
Unit 5 (one/two week): Offers ways of rethinking the nature of the corporation.
Thus, over the course of eight weeks, students will be exposed to some deep contemporary problems involving the modern corporation, in a comparative perspective, as well as some tentative solutions.
Students will be working both individually and in groups (a groupwork will be assigned for each Unit of the course), and active discussions will be taking place in class according to the detailed syllabus and reading assignments contained therein.
Additional notes about suggested reading: There is no Textbook for this Course. All study materials are made available in advance to students participating in the Course on the Moodle learning platform.

The Detailed Syllabus (Unit by Unit and Lesson by Lesson), also accessible from Moodle learning platform, shall serve as a guide to students in order to prepare for each lesson, which, being interactive and based on the discussion among course participants, needs the prior individual reading of the texts and cases assigned for each class meeting.

Therefore, it is very important that each student prepares for lessons according to the instructions in the Detailed Syllabus (accessible from Moodle).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Peer feedback
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Reflective writing

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Video shooting in studio (Open set of the DLM Office, Lightboard, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Gender Equality Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions