Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Private law
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Engineering And Management - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Rivaro Rossella   RB IUS/04 65 15 0 0 2
SSD CFU Activities Area context
IUS/01 8 C - Affini o integrative A11
Subject fundamentals
The course intends to introduce students to the lexicon and basic knowledge of the Italian private law, with particular attention to contract law and torts.
Expected learning outcomes
The students will be able to use the fundamental notions of Italian private law with regard to its main areas of application (natural and legal persons, property rights, obligations and contracts, torts). Students shall understand the ratio of the different legal provisions and notions, and the existing relationship between them.
This enables students to develop the following skills:
- Basic understanding and use of legal language
- Ability to analyse elementary cases
- Ability to solve basic legal questions and cases
These skills will enable students to increase their awareness of the legal issues related to business and entrepreneurial activities, mainly with regard to contracts and torts.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The first lessons focus on the law and legal systems in general, in order to define the context in which the different notions and rules shall be placed and to outline the interactions between the different subjects that contribute to define a legal system.

The analysis of the different topics of private law is done according to the following division in main areas:
- Subjects
- Introduction to trial law
- Personality rights and their economic exploitation
- Property rights
- Contract in general
- Commercial contracts
- Torts and product liability
The last three areas represent the core of the course due to their relevance for business purposes.
Delivery modes
The course is not articulated in traditional lectures, but is mainly based on a continuous interaction between the teacher and the students, in order to give students the chance to find and understand the rationale of the various legal provisions. As a consequence, students attending the course are required to actively participate in class and lessons focus on the key elements of private law and their rationale. Therefore, students shall autonomously study the technicalities and minor provisions, which do not require a specific examination.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The course is taught in Italian and uses the following learning resources:
- Zatti-Fusaro, Diritto privato. Corso istituzionale, CEDAM, ult. ed.
- Lecture notes
Complementary resources are available online in the folder "materiali", but these contents do not substitute the textbook and the lecture notes.
Assessment and grading criteria
The assessment is conduct in the following manners; students should choose one of them:
- Standard exam (open-ended questions)
- Simplified mode
In both the cases, students may use the Italian Civil Code during the examination. The code should not have any kind of comments, diagrams or annotations.


The exam is divided into three open-ended questions and the answers should be provided using a given form.
The maximum score is different, given the different level of complexity of the questions:
- First question (case question with a medium-high level of complexity): max 12 points;
- Second question (case question with a medium level of complexity): max 10 points;
- Third question (a general question about one of the main topic of the course): max 8 points.

To pass the exam, students have to obtain the following minimum scores in the different questions:
- First question: 6
- Second question: 5
- Third question: 4
In any cases, the overall mark should be equal to or greater than 18/30.
There is no complementary or alternative oral examination.
The questions of the previous exams are not available, but, during the course, students have the chance to solve various cases under the supervision of the teacher, in order to learn the problem solving method applied to legal issues
Exam length
60 min.

Online booking.


The examination has the same structure of the previous mode: two cases and a general question about one of the main topic of the course.
The cases, unlike the previous mode, are equivalent in terms of complexity.
The case should be solved on the basis of multiple-choice questions. Each case involves two questions and each question four possible answers.
The last question has an open-ended structure.

There is no complementary or alternative oral examination.

Exam length
45 min.

Evaluation criteria
These are the score for the four possible answers:
• correct answer: 5 points
• partially correct answer: 3 points
• Wrong answer: 0 points
Note that there is only one correct choice, two partially correct answers and one wrong answer.

General open-ended question
Score range: 0-8 points

Online booking and specific request sent to the teacher via email by the deadline for online registration. The email should have the following content:
Email Subject: "iscrizione modalità semplificata"
Message content: student’s name and surname, student’s ID number, exam date, ""intendo sostenere l’appello con modalità semplificata".

Students that have opted for the simplified mode cannot change their option.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17

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