11316 - Private Law

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Docente: Fabio Bravo
  • Credits: 9
  • SSD: IUS/01
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Social Work (cod. 8040)

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with the fundamentals notions of Italian civil law. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: understand the peculiarities of inter-private legal relations; apply the store of knowledge thus acquired to a wide array of social and economic events.

Course contents

Course contents concern the following subjects:
A. - First Part: 1) fundamental notions and concepts of private law;  the sources of law (national law; EU Law; international law; Unidroit Principles, PECL and soft law); 2) natural and legal persons (including business association and cooperatives, no-profit organizations): 3) fundamental rights (including data protection law); 4) family; 5) torts and civil liability; 6) successions (inheritance, legacy) and donations.
B. - Second Part: legal analysis about specific topics selected during the course, in light of case law (for instance: citizenship in Italian Law; case law about IVF; and so on)   


1) F. Galgano, Istituzioni di diritto privato, Wolters Kluwer-Cedam, Milano, last ed., only chapters 1-3, 19, 23, 24-26.
2) selected cases of law and other materials, that will be available online on the "Virtuale" Platforms, during the course

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures. Analysis and guided debates on controversial cases. Training exercises, simulations, seminars.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists of a written and/or an oral tests.
The written test consists of 15 multiple choice questions in 15 minutes (or 10 questions in 10 minutes) and students must give at least 9 correct answers (or 6 correct answers, if the questions are 10) to be admitted to the oral test, which will determine the final score.
After the first half of classes, students who effectively attend the course can sit for a preliminary test, on the first part of the course contents. Students who do not pass the preliminary test are expected to take a final exam based on the entire course program.

Teaching tools

1. computer, projector, keynotes, multimedia materials, internet and e-learning tools;

2. case studies, models of different types of contract.

Office hours

See the website of Fabio Bravo


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