PENAL LAW II
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is designed to teach the student the fundamental concepts pertaining the special part of the Penal Code, with reference both to the “juridical objects” and the “general categories” of the special part; the goal is to allow the student which has already studied the general part of Code to apply those more general concepts and to understand the “political dimension” of the Criminal law, which can mostly be seen in the special part. The special attention devoted to sex crimes and crimes against minors is geared towards the teaching of a method of analysis of the single provisions and to have the student learn interpretation techniques of the same provisions.
Istituzioni di diritto privato, Istituzioni di diritto romano and Diritto penale I must have been successfully passed to take this course.
Course contents summary
The course is concerned with, on one side, the special part of the Penal Code; in this respect, the most important introductive concepts regarding the special part of the Code will be analyzed, with particular reference to the specific goals of protection, meaning that the “juridical objects” (beni giuridici) of the provisions will be analyzed. On the other side, special attention will be given to sex crimes and crimes against minors (with respect to their correct growth and development).
A. CADOPPI , P. VENEZIANI, Elementi di diritto penale: Parte speciale, IV ed., Padova, CEDAM, 2012 (about 320 pages) and A. CADOPPI (a cura di), Commentario delle norme contro la violenza sessuale e contro la pedofilia, Padova, CEDAM, 2006, limited tp artt. pre-600 bis, 600 bis, 600 ter (III comma excepted), 600 quater e 600 quater.1, 609 bis, 609 quater, sexies e octies c.p. (about 440 pages)
Lectures. For the students which regularly attend classes moot court trials will be organized (under tutor supervision). The schedule will be agreed upon at the beginning of the year.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam. There will be no intermediate test, since students will be already involved in moot court trials. The goal of the final oral exam will be to verify, in the first place, the understanding of the general concepts pertaining the special part of the Penal Code, by asking open-ended questions whose answers should reach all the relevant elements of the particular topic. Moreover, the second part of the exam will be pertaining the topic of the second textbook and a more specific question will be asked. Finally, if a student participated in moot court trial, a question will also pertain that part of the course.