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Course 2020-2021 a.y.

30467 - LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY

BESS-CLES
Department of Law

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 13

BESS-CLES (7 credits - I sem. - OB  |  IUS/09)
Course Director:
GIACINTO DELLA CANANEA

Classes: 13 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 13: GIACINTO DELLA CANANEA


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

This course focuses on the interaction between public law and public policy. For our purposes here, ‘public law’ includes the principles, rules and institutions that deal with collective and public interests and are, thus, more or less distinct from those governing the conduct of individuals and private bodies. Starting from some general premises concerning separation of powers within and beyond the State, this course focuses on some issues that are particularly relevant for economics, including monetary policy, public finances, the building of infrastructures and the regulation of public utilities.

CONTENT SUMMARY

Part I – Public law in the European legal area

  • Public law and private law: distinction, not separation.
  • Public law “values”: democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights.
  • Public functions and powers between the European Union and its Member States.

Part II – Public Law and Public Policies:

  • National budgets within the EMU.
  • The EU’s new financial instruments.
  • Monetary policy.
  • Public infrastructures.

Part III - Public law and regulation:

  • Public procurements.
  • Public utilities: liberalization and regulation.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • first and foremost, acquire a better understanding of what public authorities do and do not and how they work;
  • second, be capable to distinguish the pros and cons of various techniques and instruments that can be, and are, used in order to achieve certain collective goals;
  • third, understand the dynamic of conflict, not only between the various interests at stake but also between different visions of the world, which is endemic in public law.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • One of the main expected outcome of this course is the capacity to analyse a legal document.
  • Another one is  an improvement of students’ abilities to critically examine (legal) documents and to explain and discuss their points of view, also within teamwork (e.g. with regard to judicial decisions).
  • All this aims at improving critical thinking.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
DETAILS

This is a course based on “law in action”. The class surveys approaches to understanding public law, seen in its interaction between public policies, in a range of settings.

  • A variety of issues concerning legal principles and rules, as well as their underlying values, thus be considered, on the basis of the readings and materials that are available on the Bboard.
  • The course is based on active teaching methodologies that aim at maximizing students’ participation. In addition to theoretical sessions, students are involved in the discussion of case studies, to be analyzed individually or in group.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
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    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Attending students are assessed, among other things, on the basis of their presentation of specific issues. This is taken into account in the context of the final grade. 

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    For non attending students, the assessment is determined in the context of the exam. 


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • An Handbook is indicated into the Bboard platform before the start of the course.
    • Other teaching materials are provided via the Bboard platform.
    Last change 03/09/2020 12:12