IUS/08 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff

Email: gferro@lex.unict.it
Office: Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza - Via Gallo, 24
Phone: 095230343
Office Hours: Secondo quanto indicato sul sito web del Dipartimento di Giurisrpudenza (http://www.lex.unict.it/docenti/giancarlo.ferro)

Learning Objectives

Understanding and Learning Ability

The course aims to provide students with adequate expertises to enhance their capabilities in critical thinking so as to better interpret and understand the fundamental notions of positive constitutional law and State general theory, with particular reference to constitutional jurisprudence, institutions to guarantee rights and freedoms of citizens, also considering European Union member States’ common constitutional principles. In particular, the profiles of health law and the protection of people with disabilities will be studied.

Application of gained knowledge

The acquisition of new concepts and institutions is aimed in enabling students to put what learnt into practice. Students will be able to enhance their problem solving and critical thinking capabilities. The course would consist in frontal lessons, in which students are encouraged to discuss and debate on legal problems and cases connected to institutional current events.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons and seminars involving students.

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Detailed Course Content

OUTLINE OF THE COURSE: introduction to the general theory of the State. - Forms of State and forms of government. - the individual and social associations in the constitutional order: rights, freedoms and public duties. - the system of the sources of law: general principles, the Constitution and its amendment process, sources of law deriving from the state, from local autonomies, and from European and international law. - the judicial power. - constitutional principles regarding the Public Administration. - Constitutional justice. - the organization of the Republic: the electorate; the Parliament; Chambers' functions; the President of the Republic; the Government; the a regions and other territorial entities.


SPECIAL PART: Health law and costitutional law of disabilities.

Textbook Information

F. POLITI, Diritto pubblico, Giappichelli, Torino l.e.

Alternatively, one of the following books:

R. ROMBOLI (a cura di), Diritto costituzionale italiano e europeo, vol. I e II, Giappichelli, Torino, l.e..

T. MARTINES, Diritto costituzionale, Giuffrè, Milano, l.e.


Special part:

G.A. FERRO, Diritto costituzionale delle fragilità - Appunti dalle lezioni, Libreria editrice Torre, Catania, (di prossima pubblicazione).

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