The course goal is to give the students the fundamental notions pertaining the general part of the Criminal law and, consequently, to help them build the foundations for a deeper understanding of the others Criminal law-related subjects.
Both for the students enrolled in the course of study in Planning and managing of Social Services and for the students enrolled in the course of study in Political and International Relations Science, the minimum requirement for sustaining the exam will be having fulfilled the minimum time requirement (e.g. the exam cannot be sustained before the end of the course in that year of the program in which the student is enrolled).
Course contents summary
The course mainly focuses on the concepts pertaining the general part of the Criminal law, with particular reference to the chapters concerned with the Code general provisions and the so-called “theory of crime” (teoria del reato). The course will also cover some practical cases, so as to show how the general concepts found in the general part of the Code relates to their application in practice. For the students of the Social Services course of study, nonetheless, there will be a special focus on the topic of punibilità and on the juridical consequences of crime. To this purpose, a special part of the program of study is provided.
For the students enrolled in the Political Science course of study: A. CADOPPI, P. VENEZIANI, Elementi di diritto penale, Parte generale, V ed., Padova, CEDAM, 2012 (538 pages). For the students enrolled in the Social Services course of study: P. VENEZIANI, La punibilità. Le conseguenze giuridiche del reato, vol. III, book II of Trattato di diritto penale, diretto da C. F. GROSSO, T. PADOVANI, A. PAGLIARO, Milano, Giuffrè, 2014, chapters I, II, III, VI, IX, X, XI only. Students of both courses of study should use an updated Penal Code, like one of the following: L. ALIBRANDI (a cura di), Codice penale e leggi complementari, Piacenza, Casa editrice La Tribuna, last edition available or R. BRICCHETTI (a cura di), Codice penale, Milano, Il Sole 24 Ore, last edition available or C. E. PALIERO (a cura di), Codice penale e normativa complementare, Milano, Raffaello Cortina Editore, last edition available.
In addition to the traditional lectures, seminars and practical exercises will be organized (with the help of tutors), in which recent cases will be analyzed.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam is oral and its goal is to understand the level of comprehension of the student and his ability to make connections between different topics. The exam also evaluates the ability of the student to communicate with a proper legal language. No intermediate tests are planned.
The students which will constantly follow the lectures may ask to the Professor for some variations on the aforementioned course program. The students should carry an updated Penal Code at all classes, seminars, and practical exercises.