37174 - Sociology of Law in the Economic and Labour Processes

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

No poverty Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The student will study the main classical sociological theories relevant for the developement of a sociological view of the law. He can also understand in a sociological and economical perspective the main problems of the Italian job market, and the significant changes that occurred in the last decades.

Course contents

A) The first part of the course will deal with the main legal, philosophical and sociological movements which gave a major contribution to the developement of a sociological view of the law, to the foundation and develeopement of legal sociology itself, and to the main methodologies used in the empirical research.

B) The second part of the course will deal with some of the most important sociological aspects of the Italian job market, live unemployment, femal occupation and activity, immigrants' occupation and so on.


Necessary readings:

Part A.

For students not attending the course: R. Treves, Sociologia del diritto, Einaudi, Torino, whatever edition, excluding par. 15, 17, 18, 25 and 27, 29, 30, and chaps. VI, VIII and X.

For students attending the course (at least, 3/4 of the classes), it will be possible, alternatively, to study the materials and the integrations delivered during the classes.


Part B.

E. Reyneri, Introduzione alla sociologia del mercato del lavoro, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2017, excluding chapt. III, V and VI.

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching. The teacher will also use powerpoint slides and films.

Attending classes is not necessary to be examined, but only students who attended at leat 3/4 of the classes will be admitted to the alternative assessment methods (see below).

Assessment methods

The student will be asked to discuss some of the relevant topics of the course, in order to assess not only the knowledge of the discipline, but also the methodology and capacity for criticism developed by the student.

Students regularly attending at least 3/4 of the classes will have the possibility to be examined according to an alternative method, involving first of all a written test (duration: more or less 1 hour) on the topics of part A, and then the preparation and discussion of a public presentation for the topics of part B, which will be introduced during the course.

The final grade will be determined balancing the results obtained in every step of the exam.

Teaching tools

The teacher will use powerpoint slides and films.

Students with special needs related to different forms of disability or to DSA, are welcome to contact their teacher to discuss about the possible accomodations.

Office hours

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