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New Issues in Socio-Legal Studies

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
DE FELICE , DEBORAHUniversità degli studi di CataniaOtrosDoctor


Manejo de las competencias adquiridas en los cursos sobre Nuevas Cuestiones en los Estudios Socio-Jurídicos y derecho y teoría social en su aplicación a nuevas problemáticas sociojurídicas.40.0 %
Diseño y desarrollo de tecnologías específicas para la investigación socio-jurídica en cuestiones emergentes poco analizadas previamente40.0 %
Conocimiento de las teorías de innovación y cambio social.20.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Case analysis20.0100 %
Discussion5.0100 %
Text analysis20.0100 %
Written discussion of a topic30.010 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Attendance and participation50.0 % 50.0 %
Evaluation by means of the presentation of projects50.0 % 50.0 %
Written examination50.0 % 50.0 %


why phenomena of power so successfully escape visibility

Interest groups heuristic

Rule of law in the fields of power and influence

Psychological/neuobiological limits to democracy: do humans fancy hierarchies?


Compulsory materials

Gary T. Marx, "Notes On The Discovery, Collection, And Assessment Of Hidden And Dirty Data", in: J. Schneider and J. Kitsuse, Studies in the Sociology of Social Problems, Ablex, 1984;

Paul Krugman, "Why Were in a New Gilded Age", The New York Review of Books May 8, 2014;

Scott Ainsworth, "Methodological Perspectives on Interest Groups", in: L. Sandy Maisel, Jeffrey M. Berry, and George C. Edwards (eds), The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups, OUP 2010.

Conflict of Interest, Social Justice Research, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2004, pp. 189-202.

Stephen Holmes, "Lineages of the Rule of Law, in: Jose Maria Maravall and Adam Przeworski (eds), Democracy and the Rule of Law, CUP 2003, pp. 19-61.

Giovanni Sartori, The Theory of Democracy Revisited, Chatham NJ: Chatham House 1987.

Ivan Krastev, In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?, TED books, 3 January 2013;

Maria ¿o¿ and Andrzej Zybertowicz, Privatizing the Police-State: The Case of Poland, London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin¿s Press 2000.

Donatella della Porta and Alberto Vannucci, Corrupt Exchanges: Actors, Resources and Mechanisms of Political Corruption, New York: Aldine de Gruyter 1999.

Jeffrey Pfeffer, Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don¿t, Harper Collins 2010.

Richard A. Posner, How Judges Think, Harvard University Press 2009.


REVISTA David Lowery, "Why Do Organized Interests Lobby" A Multi-Goal, Multi-Context Theory of Lobbying¿, Polity, Volume 39, Number 1 . January 2007.

REVISTA Don A. Moore and George Loewenstein, "Self-Interest, Automaticity, and the Psychology of Conflict of Interest", Social Justice Research, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2004, pp. 189-202.

REVISTA Zink CF, Tong Y, Chen Q, Bassett D, Stein JL, Meyer-Lindenberg A. "Know your place: neural processing of social hierarchy in humans", Neuron. 2008 Apr 24;

REVISTA Robert M. Sapolsky, "The influence of social hierarchy on primate health", Science. 2005 Apr 29; 308 (5722), pp. 648-52.

REVISTA Sandi Mann, "Politics and power in organizations: why women lose out", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.9 ¿ 15.

Richard A. Posner, How Judges Think, Harvard University Press 2009.

REVISTA Jaap Ham, Kees van den Bos, "On Unconscious Morality: The Effects of Unconscious Thinking on Moral Decision Making", Social Cognition, Vol.28, No.1, 2010, pp. 74-83.


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