Sociology of law (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Carlo Lottieri
Carlo Lottieri
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
2° periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2021 dal Feb 15, 2021 al Mar 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The class considers the theoretical concepts of this discipline and its methods of empirical research. The course has the aim to give to the students the tools they need to understand and use the methodology of the sociological research applied to law.


The class offers a general introduction to the legal phenomenon as social phenomenon, showing at the same time the impossibility to reduce law to power. For this reason the course will analyze come fundamental problems coming from philosophy, history, politics, literature and cinema.
In the special part the attention will be focused on Law & Economics literature, trying to highlight features, potentialities and limits of this research project, oriented to interpret law with the tools of economic analysis.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
V. Ferrari Diritto e società. Elementi di sociologia del diritto (Edizione 12) Laterza 2006
David Friedman L'ordine del diritto. Perché l'analisi economica può servire al diritto il Mulino 2004 8815095195

Assessment methods and criteria

The oral examination, based on suggested bibliography, is oriented to evaluate student’s ability to discuss the topics of the course. 

The student must demonstrate:

- knowledge and understanding;

- ability to make judgements;

- communication skills;

- learning skills.