General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title History of State Systems
Language English
Module lecturer Piotr Pilarczyk
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position associate professor
Faculty Faculty of Law and Administration
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 10-HSS-w-Erasm


Every Wednesday, 3 - 4.30 PM, room 4.16, Collegium Iuridicum Novum

Module aim (aims)

The aim of course is to give outlook on forms of state governance (from Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century). Participants will acquire basic knowledge of government and legal institutions in US, Poland and other European countreis throughout the centuries. Students will learn about different forms of government.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



  1. Week 1 The origins of the European states
  2. Week 2 Medieval states
  3. Week 3 Origins of parliaments
  4. Week 4 Absolutism
  5. Week 5 Mixed government
  6. Week 6 Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth – state organization
  7. Week 7 Europe's First Constitution
  8. Week 8 Constitutional systems
  9. Week 9 Constitution of the United States
  10. Week 10 French Revolution
  11. Week 11 Regimes in 19th century
  12. Week 12 Democracy, Authoritarianism, Totalitarianism
  13. Week 13 Soviet Union
  14. Week 14 Communist regimes. Poland
  15. Week 15 Modern state systems

Reading list