Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0444 (AF:445041 AR:254152)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
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The course is one of the free-choice courses of the degree course in social sciences and social service.
The course aims to teach students, also through the study of case law, the fundamental principles and concepts concerning the legal protection of minors. Therefore, the sources of juvenile law, the principles and categories of juvenile law, institutions for the protection of minors, minors in conditions of distress or particular vulnerability, the protection and guardianship of minors, measures for the protection of minors in difficulty, fostering, adoptions, minors and the new media will be analysed. The aim of the course is to provide the legal tools to cope with the various situations of distress, especially of a family nature, in which a minor may find himself.
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1 Understand the multilevel legal system (national, EU and international) which governs juvenile law.
1.2 Know the laws and procedures designed to help minors in trouble.
1.3 Understand the role of these laws and procedures as minors’ relational tools.

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
2.1 Ability to set in the appropriate legal frame the different difficult situations the minor could live.
2.2 Ability to find the legal provisions suitable to a certain situation and the competent Court.
2.3 Ability to determine which legal provision finds application to solve the problem the minor could face. Distinguish among different legal provisions, which one could be useful to govern a certain conflict or regulate a certain human relationship.

3. Judgment
3.1 Being able to interpret legal provisions.
3.2 Being able to identify, distinguish, relate different principles and legal provisions belonging to different sources of the multilevel system.
3.3 Facing an hypothetical conflict or private relationship, finding the provisions or the institutions to solve or manage the situation.
It is widely recommended having taken the exam “Family law”.
- The sources of juvenile civil law
- The principles and categories of juvenile law
- Institutions for the protection of minors
- Civil law profiles of juvenile criminal cases
- Children in conditions of distress or particular vulnerability
- Protection and guardianship of minors
- Civil law protection measures for minors in difficulty
- Fostering
- Adoptions
- Children and new media
Alessandra Cordiano, Roberto Senigaglia (a cura di), DIRITTO CIVILE MINORILE, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, II edizione ampliata e aggiornata, Napoli, 2024, chapters: 1-2-3-8 (only to be read)-9-10-11-12-13-14.
The verification consists in carrying out a written test, in which are proposed three questions concerning the entire program of the course, to which the candidate must answer within a maximum time of one hour and thirty minutes. During the written test, consultation of the normative texts free of notes and comments is allowed.

Evaluation group work will be organised during the course.
The Course is mainly structured in several frontal lessons. In addition, some extra-lessons will be structured in seminar form focusing on topics of particular interest and complexity.
The lecturer will attempt to present the various topics by taking cues from case law pronouncements. A meeting at the Venice Juvenile Court will also be organized.
Teaching is delivered throughout the first semester and includes 2 hours of lectures per week in the first period and 4 hours of lectures per week in the second period.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 13/01/2024