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Second Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[1/31]  LAW [31/00 - Ord. 2017]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 48


The course aims to provide the student with:

A) Knowledge and understanding: 1) of canon law (law of the Catholic Church), in its historical development and in its current configuration; 2) several institutes of canon law (in particular, the institution of marriage), in comparison with other religious legal systems (in particular with the laws of other Christian churches, Jewish law, Islamic law).

B) The capacity to apply the knowledge and understanding necessary: 1) to frame and follow the historical and legal evolution of canon law, also in comparison with other religious orders; 2) to frame and follow the evolution of the institution of marriage in canon law and other religious contexts, as well as in the relationship between religious and civil rights legislation.

C) Independent judgment in evaluating the institutes and other matters for study on the basis of the knowledge acquired

D) learning skills necessary for a continuous update on the study themes.


Constitutional Law


The historical foundations of canon law; the sources of law; the rights of the faithful; Authority and governing structures of the Catholic Church and other Christian churches; marriage in canon law and in other religious orders.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of 48 hours, distributed as follows:
- 40 hours devoted to lectures
- 8 hours of seminars / exercises dedicated to thematic analysis.
Courses will be held in person, but will also be accessible online. At the start of the semester, students will need to choose one of two modes. The choice will be irreversible for the whole semester. Seminars and exercises can be carried out through forms of remote interaction.

Verification of learning

For attending students, the assessment will be based on an intermediate test on parts of the program carried out during the course. Assessment of each student’s performance will be completed by an oral exam covering the remaining parts of the program.

For students not attending, the evaluation will be based on an oral test covering all the program (v. "Contents").

The highest possible grade is 30\30.
To pass the exam, obtaining a grade of no less than 18/30, the student must demonstrate
1)adequate knowledge (from sufficient to very good) of course content
2) independent judgment in evaluating the institutions and cases being discussed
3) ability to use legally appropriate language

Active participation in lectures and seminars by students who attend class will taken into account

A score of 30/30 with honors corresponds to a excellent overall evaluation of the examination.


The final examination will focus on the topics covered in the text of C. CARDIA, The Church of history and law, Torino, Giappichelli, 2010, in the following chapters:
I (paragraphs 9,10,11,12,13);
II (paragraphs 6, 7, 8);
V (paragraphs 1, 2, 3);
VII (paragraphs 1,2,3,4,5,6);
VIII (paragraphs 3,4,5,6,7,8).
UPDATES on the texts will be reported by march 2021.

More Information

During the course students will be updated on the didactic support material used(documents, case law, scientific)

Questionnaire and social

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