Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of 5-year Single Cycle Master's Degree Programme on LAW
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Course description

-Knowledge and understanding skills

At the end of the course, the student must have acquired the knowledge and understanding of the historical-philosophical foundations of the contemporary constitutional state.
Knowledge and comprehension skills are achieved through frontal lessons and meetings with students aimed at understanding the recommended texts and experimenting with reading strategies.
The method of verifying this knowledge and ability consists in taking the oral exam.

-Ability to apply knowledge and understanding

As in all disciplines of a philosophical-legal nature, the course will try to propose the theories that articulate the philosophical debate within the relationship between state, constitution and fundamental rights.
In this way, we try to create the conditions to develop analytical skills oriented to the understanding of the contemporary world, in particular, related to the transformations of the State and of law, to the developments and problems of constitutional democracies, trying to historicize the problems against the dramatic and rampant ideology of the so-called age of post-verity. The way to verify this ability to apply knowledge and understanding consists in taking an oral exam.


The final aim of the course, therefore, is to transmit a complex of knowledge capable of developing broad interpretative and critical skills.

-Communication skills

At the end of the course, the student must be able to communicate, in a conscious way, legal-philosophical issues through a language that combines the necessary linguistic specialism with the concrete ability to apply to specific historical contexts. The verification of the acquisition of communicative skills takes place through the evaluation of the student's expository and argumentative capacity during the oral exam.
-Learning ability

At the end of the course, the student must have acquired complete autonomy of learning and critical evaluation of the themes of fundamental rights theory and, specifically, of social rights, in the historical context of the second half of the twentieth century and recent developments.


The course requires a sufficient
general preparation resulting from the
high school. The exercises in
The purpose of the classroom, if necessary, is to
to strengthen historical knowledge, and
theoretical-legal useful for understanding
of the topics covered in the lessons.


The lessons of the course will be organized around the following
- the historical origins and philosophical meanings of the contemporary constitutional state;
- the constitutionalism of rights;
- theoretical foundation of rights;
Generations of rights;
-fundamental rights - social rights and rights of freedom;
Balance sheet and perspectives.

-Historical-theoretical profiles of the contemporary constitutional state (30 hours).
- Elements for a theory of social rights: end of the age of rights? (18 hours).

Teaching Methods

Lessons, various meetings scheduled for reflection and practice of reading texts, their understanding, conceptual determination of content and exposure of them.


Learning assessment

It will be held by means of an oral test.
Particular attention will be given to interviews
that will take place during the course. The
The purpose of the final evaluation is to verify the learning abilities,
knowledge and communication skills.

More information

Active participation in lectures, seminars and receptions is particularly useful.