42972 - Social Service Law

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Social Work (cod. 8040)

Learning outcomes

Students are provided with an in-depth knowledge of international, EU, national and local legal frameworks concerning the organisation and provision of social care and health care services.

In particular, the role of non profit organisations and social enteprises in the supply of social care and health care services will be analysed.

Course contents

1. EU law and social care services and their protection

2. The Italian legal system and the organisation of social and health care services

2.1. Roles and functions of public authorities in the field of social and health care services

3. Integrated Care Services and their organisation and management

4. Integrated Care Services and the role of public bodies

5. The role of non profit organisations in the supply of Integrated Care Services

5.1. Public authorities: procedures and the cooperation relationships with non profit organisations

5.2. Personal health budget: an innovative way to take care of fragile and vulnerable people and to develop collaboration between public authorities and non profit organisations




R. Bin, D. Donati, G. Pitruzzella, Lineamenti di diritto pubblico per i servizi sociali e sanitari, Torino, Giappichelli, quarta edizione, 2021,

Additional readings:

Alceste Santuari, Il Budget di Salute e la presa in carico delle persone fragili. Profili giuridici di uno strumento innovativo di partenariato pubblico-privato, Franco Angeli, 2022

open access disponibile al seguente link: https://www.francoangeli.it/Ricerca/scheda_libro.aspx?id=27718

Annalisa Gualdani, Diritto dei servizi sociali, Torino, Giappichelli, 2018

Debora Caldirola, Il Terzo settore nello Stato sociale in trasformazione, Napoli, Editoriale Scientifica, 2021



Teaching methods

Traditional lectures together, analysis of case law and of administrative procedures 

Assessment methods

The final assessment will consist of an oral examination, which is aimed at assessing students' knowledge and skills acquired during classes.

Attending students will have the possibility of choosing between an interview or the drafting of a working paper, according to the guide lines that will be communicated at the beginning of the course.

Teaching tools

Teaching power point presentations as well as papers, articles, regulations and rulings will be provided on the course's web site.

Office hours

See the website of Alceste Santuari


No poverty Good health and well-being Partnerships for the goals

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.