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  • Teacher Davide Bertaccini

  • Credits 2

  • SSD IUS/17

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)


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

Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

This seminary aims to introduce to the topic of police power, through theoretical discussions on the regulatory and functional profiles, as well as practical exercitations on the descriptive and interpretative dimensions of contemporary exercise of police authority.

The seminary promotes a multidisciplinary reflection, which combines legal studies with philosophical, political, sociological and criminological approaches.

Course contents


– Discretion and selectivity

– Guidance principles and key variables


– Operations center

– Emergency intervention

– Road traffic

– Territorial services

– Public events

– Technological applications


– Between legal and real

– For a necessary reform


The study texts and the exercise materials will be directly provided during the seminar meetings.

Teaching methods

The seminar is held entirely by the professor.

The first part takes place with lectures, to introduce the method and the topics of the meetings.

The second part is characterized by practical exercises, i.e. analysis of empirical materials provided by the teacher, elaborated in small groups by the students according to the indications shared in the classroom and followed by the restitution in plenary by the members of each group.

The third part is held in interactive mode, therefore it consists of a critical reflection on themes and materials considered, stimulated by the teacher and animated by the students.

Assessment methods

Regular attendance at the seminar meetings is a necessary condition for eligibility, due to the importance of attention and interaction shown during the seminar activities.

The final exam takes place in oral form, with a brief discussion on the contents addressed and the exercises carried out.

The criteria for recognition of final eligibility are sufficient knowledge of the topics covered and adequate linguistic and conceptual mastery.

Office hours

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