Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 9
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Matteo Gnes After class or by appointment (to be requested by email)
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Political Science, Economics and Government (L-36)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

Studying the organization and functioning of the Italian and European legal orders, with special regard to the principles and institutions established by the Italian Constitution, in order to acquire a basic knowledge of the Italian Constitutional and Administrative Law.


The course program deals with the following topics:

1. the notion of legal order

2. the State

3. the international legal order

4. the European Union

5. sources of law

6. fundamental freedoms and liberties

7. social and political organizations

8. the Parliament

9. the President of the Republic

10. the Executive

11. Local and regional governments

12. the public administration (esp. as concerns: notion of administrative law; constitutional principles concerning the public administration; administrative organization; administrative procedure and acts; hints on administrative justice)

13. judicial review

14. constitutional justice.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding
The graduate student who has passed the examination of Public Law has acquired:
- a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental legal sectors;
- a deep knowledge of the rules and institutions on Italian public law and of the functioning of constitutional bodies;
- basic knowledge of institutions of administrative law;
- a critical ability to understand and manage legal texts.

Applying knowledge and understanding
The graduate student who has passed the examination of Public Law has acquired:
- the ability to interpret and apply the basic rules of European, international and national law;
- the ability to search and find (also via electronic databases), to understand and use the sources, case law and documents in the field of Public Law. The acquisition of the above-mentioned instruments will be verified through the following methods: tutorials on case law and final exam.

Making judgments
The graduate student who has passed the examination of Public Law has acquired interpretive skills, critical and analytical skills to be able to interpret the relationship between facts and theory, in order to be able to identify, represent and solve problems related to the rights and protection of citizens’ rights also related to the activity of the public institutions, in order to produce legal texts, negotiations, litigation that are clear, relevant and effective.

Communication skills
The graduate student who has passed the examination of Public Law has acquired the ability to describe and deepen the legal problems related to the field of Public Law in the relationship between citizens and public institutions as well as among public institutions; ability to illustrate the logical-legal paths that lead to the solution of theoretical and practical problems; ability to influence and illustrate legal points, also in opposition to other interested parties.

Learning skills
The graduate student who has passed the examination of Public Law has acquired the skills and the basic tools in order to be able to constantly keep himself or herself up-to-date in field of Public Law; the ability to understand the complexity of legal phenomena in the field of Public Law; the ability to independently follow the evolution of the Public Law and to further develop it using all the knowledge and instruments that are necessary for this purposes and have been acquired during the course of studies.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Specific seminars will be organized, one of which dealing on legal research.

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Students attending the course are required to examine at home and then discuss during class materials (laws and regulations, judgments, various documents) which will help them to get acquainted with documents used in the field. The final grade is based also on class participation.


A regular participation to classes is strongly recommended. Students are required to always have a their disposal a copy of the Italian Constitution.

Course books

As the texts are available only in Italian, see the Italian description of the course.


Final written exam (only for students attending the course) and oral exam.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Oral exam.


Materials and other informations will be available on the website of Prog. Gnes (http://www.people.uniurb.it/MatteoGnes/idp.htm) and the Blended Learning website.

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