Private and family law (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturers
Mirko Faccioli, Sara Scola
Mirko Faccioli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 23, 2019 al Oct 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding - Knowledge and understanding of the rules governing social services organizations - Knowledge and understanding of the main legal instruments made available to social workers by their institutions Ability to apply knowledge and understanding - Ability to integrate one own professional work with the main institutional aims - Ability to make full use of the legal instruments made available by their institutions - Ability to know and respect the limits given by the legal apparatus to social work interventions SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES The course investigates the traditional topics of the private law with particular attention to the notions concerning persons, families and succession to the estate of a deceased person. At the mean time, the course provides an overview on competent judicial authorities and their relationships with the traditional field of social workers activities. Aim of the course is to enable students to understand the main juridical frameworks of social work with minors, families and persons.


The Course will cover the following topics:
The legal system. Sources. Private Law. The application of laws. Subjective situations.
Legal relationships and their events. The impact of time on the legal relationship.
Facts and legal transactions. Essential elements of a legal transaction. Invalidity and inefficacy. The contract. Torts.
Publicity of legal facts.
People. Persons. Existential situations. Legal entities and unrecognized entities.
Property and real rights, possession.
Family and family solidarity.
The new discipline of “unioni civili” and cohabitation.
Marital and parental relationships. Filiation and adoption.
Family crisis.

Lectures are dedicated to the teaching of the subject basic notions. Throughout all the academic year, individual appointments with the professor are also available. Time and place are indicated on his personal web page. There is no need to set a specific appointment.

Books recommended:
L. LENTI, Diritto di famiglia e servizi sociali, 2a ed., Giappichelli, 2018.

We also recommend the latest edition of a Civil Code which includes, in addition to the main civil laws, the texts of the Constitution and the Treaties of the European Union.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
L. Lenti Diritto di famiglia e servizi sociali (Edizione 2) Giappichelli 2018

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of 30 + 1 quiz with multiple choices, the last of which is evaluated only in case of all previous correct answers, for the purpose of awarding the laude. The grades are measured in thirtieths (0-30 scale). For each correct answer is assigned 1 point and for each incorrect or not given answer 0 points is assigned.
The written test can potentially cover all the topics included in the exam program.
The written test is corrected immediately after delivery. At that point, the student who passed the written test can decide whether to accept the grade, to refuse it or to ask for an integration with an oral exam. The oral exam potentially covers all the topics included in the program; during this exam, the confirmation of the written score or the passing of the exam are not guaranteed.
An additional exam may be required for students who have not attended the lessons established by the teaching regulations (in proportion to the number of hours missing).