42972 - Social Services Law

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Expert in Social and Cultural Education (cod. 5726)

Learning outcomes

Basic elements of public law, paying particular attention to legislation about social rights an social services. .

Course contents

1.The constitutive elements of legal systems. Public Law and Private Law.Type of State. Unitary, Federal and Regional State.

2.Sources of law

3.Form of Government in ITaly. Parliamentary Republic.Organization of constitutional powers. The Parliament. Representative principle and legislative power; The Government. Mandate and executive power; The President of the Republic.

4. Executive power and the Administrative State.

5.Fundamental Rights- Social Rights -

6.Public services. Social Services.Public Expenditure- public balance- PNRR

7. Administrative power in public and social  services. 

8. Public\ private Partnership in Social Services.

9. Areas of intervention


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I.For basic notions: 

CARULLO CASTORINA, Istituzioni di diritto pubblico, CEDAM 2016 o qualsiasi altro libro di diritto pubblico, successivo da cui individuare gli argomenti nel programma. Se si usa Carullo Castorina: introduzione: pag3; 19-25; forma di governo: 47-49; fonti del diritto: 56-61; 66-77; 82-91; 97-102; 103-104. Per quanto riguarda gli organi costituzionali (presidente della Repubblica, governo, parlamento, corte costituzionale): il ruolo ed i compiti fondamentali. Per la corte costituzionale: in particolare, il giudizio di legittimità costituzionale sulle leggi e gli atti aventi forza di legge. L'organizzazione della magistratura. L'amministrazione: pag. 353-356; 416-439

II. For point5-9

NICODEMO, Diritto dei Servizi sociali, EGEA, Milano 2021

III. About public expenditure

II. Per la spesa pubblica bilancio pubblico- rapporti con UE - PNRR è possibile approfondire su

NICODEMO, Lezioni su finanza pubblica e costituzione, CAcucci, 2023

Teaching methods

Frontal lesson. If the number of students let me done, in addition to basic notion, we're going to study matters interested by recent reforms. We use text of laws, decisions.

Innovation in teaching and learning:

in relation to the composition of the class, the following activities will be proposed:

- Consulting databases by accessing institutional websites

- Consultations sources of law and sources for research

- Enhancement of methodological aspects in the study, interpretation and application of administrative law

- Enhancement of written processing -papers - individual or group study activities to be reported in the classroom

- group work and class discussions.

Assessment methods


Students attended lessons: the assesment methods consist in 2 written test, with open answers. Verification try to ensure the successful acquisition of the principles and tools of public law. Students may choose an oral exam to improve the text result.

Students non-attended lessons: the final exams will be oral.

To attend the exam, each student must sign up via AlmaEsami within the deadline. Those who cannot sign up must immediately (before the official closing of the subscription lists) communicate the problem to the teaching secretariat. Deciding whether to allow not enrolled students to attend the exam or not is up to the teacher.

The assessment will take into account the knowledge of the relevant institutional framework, the ability to analyse items and, to single out connections between the relevant topics, to critical reasoning, as well as the clarity of presentation and critical thinking.

By way of example, the following criteria will be used to assign the final mark (that will be out of 30/30):

- knowledge of a very limited number of topics, extensive support by the interviewer to address and answer the questions, basic yet appropriate language à 18-19/30;

- knowledge of a limited number of topics, ability to autonomously address basic legal problems, use of appropriate language → 20-24/30;

- comprehensive knowledge of the programme, ability to autonomously and critically analyse legal problems, use of specific terminology → 25-29/30;

- extensive knowledge of the programme, ability to reason autonomously and critically analyse legal problems, make connections between the topics, ability to master the specific terminology and ability to present legal arguments. → 30-30L/30.

Teaching tools

Regulatory Acts; Case Law.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Nicodemo


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

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