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Social sciences and humanities



Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Sociologia del diritto ed elementi di informatica giuridica
Philosophy and Law (lesson)
  • TAF: Basic compulsory subjects SSD: IUS/20 CFU: 9
Teachers: Gianluigi FIORIGLIO
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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The course provides a contribution to the training of a jurist who works in a complex, global and constantly evolving society.
Therefore, an in-depth knowledge of the main issues of contemporary society as a “digital society” will be achieved; the latter is characterized by an unprecedented and ever-increasing pervasiveness of new technologies into social worlds, social institutions, and into the concepts of selfhood and embodiment.
An adequate study methodology will also be acquired to allow students to critically approach the new, and sometimes unpredictable, issues of new technologies.

Admission requirements

A good knowledge of the Italian language, oral and written, is required. A solid higher education is certainly beneficial, with particular regard to general culture, basic logical skills and method of study.

Course contents

The first part of the program introduces students to the study and understanding of the digital society. In particular, the impact of new technologies on daily life, social relations, state, commerce, economy, production and circulation of knowledge will be investigated (3 CFU).
The second part of the program presents and discusses issues related to: digital citizenship; free access and net neutrality; digital public administration; privacy and protection of personal data; eHealth; e-democracy; dissemination of knowledge; cybersecurity (3 CFU).
The third part of the course deals with online hate, cyberstalking, cyberbullying and revenge porn; new technologies and the use of force on a global scale; electronic surveillance; artificial intelligence; digital divide; “electronic body”; techno-regulation (3 CFU).

The articulation of the program in CFU is subject to change due to students’ feedback and/or special needs.

Teaching methods

The course is made by 63 lesson hours (mostly traditional lessons), adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Appropriate time for students’ questions and involvement will be ensured. Seminars, with the participation of relevant scholars and experts, will be offered to students The whole course will develop the students' ability to interact through argumentation processes and discuss with the professor. Attendance is not mandatory, but highly recommended. The course will be held in person. Recordings are available on "Dolly" (Blended course). Language: Italian.

Assessment methods

The exam takes place orally with an "inverted cone" structure that proceeds from more general questions to more specific and detailed questions. both from a notional and from a conceptual profile ("reasoning" questions). The interview consists of 6 questions (maximum). The average exam length is not beyond 30 minutes. The examination will focus on: critical knowledge of the disussed topics; ability to use knowledge; ability to connect knowledge; mastery of the technical-legal language; ability to argue; ability to deepen the topics; ability to research, understand, interpret and use relevant sources and materials; autonomy of judgment. The exams take place over the course of the academic calendar and for each session students must register on the Esse3 platform. No midterm tests will be carried out. The exams will be held in person.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding. General knowledge of the key issues of the digital society; ability to understand its legal, technological, institutional, political, social, economic and cultural dynamics.

Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension. Ability to analyze with awareness the critical aspects referred to the dynamics of society and of new technologies; acquisition of a theoretic-practical method to examine complex situations in academic and working contexts.

Independent judgment. Ability to critically collect and interpret data and complex information in the specific study field (from judgements and regulations).

Communication skills. Ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions related to the specific study field to a non-specialist audience.
The final oral examination allows students to express the concepts developed throughout the course with an appropriate lexicon and to discuss their topics.

Learning skills. Acquisition of references, instruments and learning abilities which are necessary to further develop the theoretical knowledge acquired and to apply this knowledge, consolidated by a practical analysis, also to other academic fields.


- D. Lupton, Sociologia digitale, tr. it., Pearson, 2018.

- Th. Casadei e S. Pietropaoli (a cura di), "Diritto e tecnologie informatiche", Wolters Kluwer, II edizione, 2024 (parte I, capitoli 1, 2, 3, 5; parte II, capitoli 1, 2, 4, 5; parte III, capitoli 1, 4, 5, 6, 7; parte IV, capitoli 1, 2, 3, 4, 6).