cod. 00532

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - Second semester
- Andrea Vincenzo NATALE
Academic discipline
Diritto privato (IUS/01)
Discipline giuridiche
Type of training activity
66 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of Italian civil law.At the end of the training activity, the student should have acquired knowledge and skills related to the main issues and the most important issues of private law. In particular, it is expected that the student will be able to:
1. Know the legal rules contained in the Civil Code and in the main special laws, which concern the fundamental institutes; remember the basic definitions; understand the concepts; interpret norms by systematic method (knowledge and understanding skills).
2. Apply the interpretations acquired to simple concrete cases, under the guidance of the teacher (ability to apply knowledge and comprehension).
3. Know how to analyze elementary cases of reality through the process of interpretation of the fact and its legal qualification (autonomy of judgment).
4. Know to expose brief conclusions of your own concrete case analysis (communicative abilities).
5. Know how to evaluate alternative solutions to the concrete cases considered (learning ability).


There is no prerequisite for the course.

Course unit content

The course is aimed at identifying the fundamental lines of the private legal system, and learning the core notions of its institutes.
The first part of the course deals with: the interpretation of normative texts; Subjective rights; The effectiveness of norms in transnational relations; persons; Personality rights; The entities. The second part of the course is general family law; Successions in general.
The third part of the course is focused on property, rights and ownership. The fourth part of the course deals with: the mandatory relationship; The contract in general; The trade; Civil liability. The last part concerns the protection of rights (capital liability and causes of pre-emption, means of preservation of the asset guarantee).

Full programme

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The teaching load of 9 credits corresponds to about 540 pages in total.
On the Elly 2022/2023 platform, slides and comments have been made available, which can directly constitute the subject of study of the subject.
The study can be conducted on an updated university manual. We recommend:
Manuale del diritto privato, a cura di S. Mazzamuto, Giappichelli, Torino, latest edition:
Part I (Introduction); Part II (Subjects, excluding chapter V); Part III (Family Law); Part IV (Successions, excluding chapters X and XI); Part V (Property, Real Rights and Possession); Part VI (Obligation, excluding par. 2.3-3.5 of chapter XV); Part VII (General Contracts); Part VIII (only chapter XX, par. 1, 1.1 and 1.2).
In any case, for the preparation, it is always essential to combine the study of the material published on Elly 2021/2022 or the manual, the consultation of the Constitution, the Civil Code and the main special laws, which are found in the appendix to the most popular updated editions of the Civil Code. In particular, it is necessary to view the regulatory material published on the "Elly" platform (only with respect to the standards indicated therein): l. 219/2017; Leg. 117/2017; L. 76/2016.
For the purposes of a personal verification of the preparation before the exam, it is suggested to carry out the questions, related only to the parts in the program, proposed in:
G. BONILINI, Quesiti di diritto privato. Milleduecentoquesiti con le risposte ragionate, CEDAM, Padova, latest edition.

Teaching methods

Didactic activities will be conducted through oral lessons, for 48 hours.
During the lessons, centered, from time to time, on the deepening of some institutes, dialogue with the class will be privileged. At the same time, over a total of 18 hours, the institutes will be studied in depth through some elementary cases and judgments, also published on the Elly 2023/2024 platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final evaluation (vote on thirty) takes the form of an oral exam with at least three questions, with reference to the suggested texts and the parts indicated. The final examination aims at assessing whether the student has knowledge and understanding of the institutes dealt with during the lessons, as well as the ability to apply such knowledge to elementary concrete cases that are envisaged during the exam. The sufficient threshold is considered to be achieved when the student has demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the institutes of the course and is able to implement the correct interactions between the various parts of the program. If this is not achieved, the exam will be considered inadequate. Voting of the oral test is communicated immediately at the end of the test.
For attending Students (present in the classroom at least 3 out of 4 lessons, randomly chosen by the Professor to collect attendance, during the entire duration of the course) there will be a partial written test, the date of which will be communicated by the Professor. The test will focus on the topics studied in the course, from the beginning, up to the part relating to property included (see above "Reference texts"). The time allotted for the test is 50 minutes. The test, consisting of 30 multiple choice questions, is evaluated on thirty. The evaluation will be obtained by scaling from the score of 32 the value of -1 for each wrong or not given answer. The sufficiency threshold corresponds to the score of 18, thus calculated (to be considered corresponding to the score of 18/30).
During the test, the use of codes, manuals or other study materials is not allowed.
The results of the test are communicated within three days of their performance, by publishing a special table, bearing only the student's ID number, on the Department's website.
Those who have obtained the sufficiency in the partial test, can access the oral integration, taking, in one of the official exam sessions, the part of the program that goes from the real rights and possession, up to the conclusion of the topics studied in the Course (see above " Referral texts "). The final mark, out of thirty, is the average of the two marks, that of the partial written test and that of the oral integration, and is communicated immediately at the end of this.

Other information

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