Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
ET0009 (AF:400749 AR:216996)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Surnames Pat-Z
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
Course year
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The course is a core educational activity in the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Economics and Management.
It is intended to illustrate the different structures for business (sole proprietorship, partnership, company, and corporation), particularly focusing on the relevant legal provisions and issues. A signifcant part of the course concerns corporate law.
1. Knowledge and Understanding
1.1 Knowledge of both sole proprietorships and partnerships business structures
1.2 Knowledge of the legal aspects of the business activity
1.3 Knowledge and analysis of the organisational and functional structure of commercial companies

2. Applying Knowledge and Understanding
2.1 Recognizing the differnt types of entrepreneurs based on the nature, dimension, and form of the activity
2.2 Identifying the rules applicable to the differnt types of entrepreneur
2.3 Understanding the differn form of enterprise from an organizational and functional standpoint

3. Making Assessments
3.1 Comprehension of legal provisions
3.2 Capability of evaluating the legal consequences of the option for a certain business structure
3.3 Capability of balancing the different interests involved in the business activity both as a sole proprietorship, partnership, company, and corporation

4. Communication Skills
4.1 Capability of describing the specific features of corporate law, making use of an appropriate terminology
4.2 Critical and dialogical interaction with the examiners during the examination
Mandatory Preparatory Course: Private Law
1. The notions of entrepreneur and enterprise
2. Commercial and non-commercial entrepreneur. The rules set forth for the commercial enterpreneur
3. Business undertaking
4. Trademarks and competition law
5. The general notion of company
6. Partnerships (general partnerships and limited partnerships).
7. Corporations
7.1. Financial corporate structure (shares, bonds, separate estates dedicated to a specific business purpose)
7.2. Shareholders’ meeting
7.3. Directors and supervisory bodies
8. Limited liability company
Italian Civil Code (any updated edition).

Diritto commerciale, edited by L. De Angelis, 2nd ed., Wolters Kluwer Cedam, Milan, 2020, chapters: I, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XV (except for paras. 14-16), XVII, XVIII (pages 1-102, 137-396, 431-489, 553-579).
To facilitate the study of competition law, which an integral part of the course programme, a brief text is available on Moodle.


Manuale di diritto commerciale, edited by M. Cian, 5th ed., Giappichelli, Torino, 2023: paragraphs 1-14, 35-42, 43 (I, III, IV), 44, 45 (I, II.1), 46 (I, II.1, II.3, II.4, II.5, III), 47-55, 58 (I, II, IV), 59 (I-IV), 60, 65, corresponding to pp. 1-128, 305-556 (except for pages 405, 406, 427-435, 440, 441), 579-620 (except for pages 584, 599-604), 650-652.

Further material may be uploaded on Moodle.
The final exam consists exclusively in an oral examination aimed to assess the student's knowledge and comprehension of the course contents, her or his capability of properly illustrating them and of consulting legal texts.
Frontal lecture and teacher-students interaction
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with
mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 08/09/2023