LEGAL COMPUTER SCIENCE (I MOD.)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
By attending the lectures and/or by studying the handbook, the students
shall be able to: 1. Know and understand the basic concepts and
paradigmatic issues of legal computer science, from a theoretical point of
view; 2. Know and understand how information technology is changing
the legal systems and the practice of law; 3. Apply the acquired
knowledge to some problems addressed in the current practice of law; 4.
Understand the special vocabulary of legal computer science; 5. Develop
a critical approach to the addressed issues.
From academic year 2016-2017 no prerequisite is required for this
examination, whereas former students have to pass the examination of
Philosophy of Law.
Course contents summary
This course concerns the very theoretical and normative features of legal
computer science, and it aims to analyze the transformations of legal
systems following the developments in information technology, and the
solutions provided by the law to the new problems arising from
information technology. Main issues: 1. privacy and data protection; 2.
digital document and digital signatures; 3. Information technology and
criminal justice system; 4. telematic trial; 5. social network sites; 6.
deterritorialization, destatalization, dematerialization of law in the digital
The handbook is the same for bot attending and non attending students:
G. PASCUZZI (a cura di), Il diritto dell’era digitale, il Mulino, Bologna 2016:
Introduzione, pp. 13-30 e 32-39; Chapt. I, pp. 43-75; Chapt. II, pp. 77-94;
Chapt. IX, pp. 197-206; Chapt. X, pp. 209-214; Chapt. XV, only pp. 269-
273 and 278-288; Chapt. XVIII, only pp. 323, 331-332; Chapt. XIX, pp.
333-339; Chapt. XX, pp. 341-344; Chapt. XXI pp. 345- 347; Conclusioni, p.
357. Please note that this handbook refers to the academic years 2016-
2017 and 2017-2018. Former students may choose between this
bibliography and theirs.
Lectures shall be scheduled during three weeks, and shall be basically
intended to guide the students to master the subjects addressed in the
handbook. Teaching shall therefore follow the treatment of the
subjects as it is developed in the handbook. For attending
students a preliminary test shall be scheduled between the end of the
course and the beginning of the examinations (see below).
Assessment methods and criteria
The students have to pass the examination on bot the Module I and the Module II on the same day.
EXAMINATION ON THE FIRST MODULE: Examination on the first module shall be
a written multiple choice test, consisting of 15 questions concerning the
issues addressed in the handbook. Different kinds of questions: - broad
and general questions intended to test the knowledge of basic concepts
of legal computer science; - more specific questions intended to test the
ability to compare and distinguish the different topics. Immediately after
the call, all students shall take the test simultaneously. They shall have
15 minutes to complete the test. Each test shall be immediately marked
(2 points for each correct answer). Mark list: 15 correct answers: 30/30;
14 correct answers: 28/30; 13 correct answers: 26/30; 12 correct
answers: 24/30; 11 correct answers 22/30); 10 correct answers: 20/30; 9
correct answers: 18/30 (pass mark); less than 9 correct answers:
examination not passed. If a student does not pass the test (or if he want
to improve the obtained mark), he may apply for next examination.
Passing this test on the first module allows the students to take
immediately the examination on the second module. Final mark shall be
the average of marks obtained in examinations on first and second
module. After passing the examination on the second module, the
students may answer a further oral question in order to improve the mark
or to obtain the mention. PRELIMINARY TEST ON THE FIRST MODULE: A preliminary test on the
first module shall be scheduled, for attending students, between the end of
the course and the beginning of final examinations. This test shall have
the same structure as the final examination. The students shall apply for
this test during the lessons. Mark obtained in this test
shall contribute to the final mark (if satisfactory), or it shall serve as a
self-assessment tool (if not satisfactory), in order to make the student
able to improve his knowledge and learning method toward the final