EQUAL OPPORTUNITY LAW

Teachers: 
Credits: 
6
Site: 
PARMA
Year of erogation: 
2019/2020
Unit Coordinator: 
Disciplinary Sector: 
Consititutional Law
Semester: 
First semester
Language of instruction: 

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

Italian

Learning outcomes of the course unit

LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT

The course is about the paradigm of equality and about the different meanings it takes on in multicultural societies.
During the academic year 2017-2018, the course will focus about the concept of parity democracy, about the gender equality (and the gender gap) and about the interdisciplinary analysis of the status of women in today's society.
This with the aim to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamental elements and the main problems related to gender diversity.
At the end of the course, the students will achieve:
- the knowledge of the categories of the equality principle, as implemented over time by the Legislator;
- the knowledge of the normative and jurisprudential context about the principle of gender equality in different areas;
- the ability to understand and comment laws and judgments concerning the topics of the course and the ability of critical analysis of the political and legal debate on gender equity;
- communication skills with appropriate legal Language

Prerequisites

PREREQUISITES
none

Course contents summary

COURSE CONTENTS SUMMARY

The aim of the Course is to reflect and to discuss about the paradigm of equality and its possible meanings that it has in contemporary democratic societies, starting from the historical and legal analysis of Article 3 of the Italian Constitution.
We intend to analyze the principle of non-discrimination specified in Article 3 of the Constitution, also at the lighit of the supranational and international legal and jurisprudential framework ; to examine its implementation by the Legislator and by national and European Judges, and the concept of parity democracy.
During the academic year 2018-2019, the course will focus on the gender equality principle, with the aim to understand how the gender enter into the legal and political debate and how it conditions the action of the legislator over the time. In this type of analysis, we will try to follow a multidisciplinary (historical, legal and sociological) approach.
After having analyzed the genesis of the principle of gender equality , we will analyze the current trends of feminisms, the status of women in different fields as (family, work, politics); or the status of the woman in the relationship with her body and in the management of motherhood (natural maternity, medically assisted or surrogate, voluntary interruption of pregnancy) and, more generally, the status of the woman in the contemporary society.
Particular attention will be paid to the issue of gender violence. About this topic, in collaboration with the Lawyer Elena Bigotti, we will analyze the legal and jurisprudential framework about measures against gender violence and about measures to support of the victims of the gender violence.
Seminars, about the concept of "parity democracy", are also planned. During seminars, students can discuss and dialogue with experts (historians, jurists, sociologists, philosophers) on various topics (eg history of condition of woman, gender language and balance, giusfeminism, participation of women in politica life, hate speech on social networks, etc.).

Recommended readings

RECOMMENDED READINGS

A) For non-attending students:
F. Rescigno (a cura di), Percorsi di eguaglianza, Giappichelli Editore, 2016.

B) For attending students:
- F. Rescigno (a cura di), Percorsi di eguaglianza, Giappichelli Editore, 2016: chapter I (pp. 1 - 231);
- Other didactic material (essays, laws, judgments ) about specific topics, that will be explained during the lessons or during the seminars.
This material has to be used by attending students to elaborate a written text (an essay) on a preferred topic, that will be explained during the final examination.

Teaching methods

TEACHING METHODS

The course will consist of frontal lessons and seminars.
During the seminarial activities the most controversial aspects of some topics, already explained during the lessons, will be investigated, following an interdisciplinary approach. During this activity, students will have the opportunity to discuss and to dialogue with national experts on the issues chosen from time to time.

Assessment methods and criteria

ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA

A) For non-attending students:
The final oral examination will concern the entire program of public law.
The communicative skills will assessed through the evaluatation of the student's ability to provide the exhaustive legal arguments, to use the appropriate legal language and to explain the meaning of the fundamental notions of the course.

B) For attending students:
The final oral examination will concern the first chapter of the book and about the topic about which the student wrote.
The communicative skills will assessed through the evaluatation of the student's ability to provide the exhaustive legal arguments, to use the appropriate legal language and to explain the meaning of the fundamental notions of the course.