General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Sources and Traditions of British, French and Polish Democracy: Basic Analogies
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Przemysław Krzywoszyński
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position university professor
Faculty Faculty of Law and Administration
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 10-STBA


TBA, Collegium Iuridicum Novum, al. Niepodległości 53

Module aim (aims)

1. Making participants familiar with sources and traditions of British, French and Polish Democracy.

2. Understanding the most important ideas supporting formation of democratic institutions.  

3. Recognizing similarities and distinctions between British, French and Polish evolutions of democratic systems.

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



1. Organizational class

2. Univocity, Analogy, Equivocity

3. Ancient sources of democracy: part I

4. Ancient sources od democracy: part II

5. Medieval tradition in English democracy.

6. Medieval tradition in French democracy.

7. Polish Noble's Democracy: Part I

8. Polish Noble's Democracy: Part II

9. Revolutionary movement in England

10. French Revolution

11. Evolution of Democratic Institutions: part I

12. Evolution of Democratic Institutions: part II

13. Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau

14. XIX century

15. Legacy, critics, crisis


Reading list


1. P. Krzywoszyński, The Origins of Religious Liberty within Modern Democracy: Some Remarks on Poland's Golden Freedom, "Annales Universitatis  Curie-Skłodowska Lublin", Sectio-K, Vol/ XIX, 2, 2012, p.105-113.

2. P. Krzywoszyński, The Polish Noble's Democracy: beetwen Ancient and Modern Democracy, "Philosophia. Revista de Filosifia", Universidad National de Cuyo, Vol. 81, N. 1/2021, p. 21-49.

3. P. Krzywoszyński, The Problem of Human Rights in Direct Democracy, "Bajo Palabra", n. 9, 2014, p. 95-192.

4. P. Krzywoszyński, Some Remarks on the Analogical Model of Referendum, [in:] "Timliness of Analogy", eds. J. -M.Campos-Benitez, K. Gan-Krzywoszyńska, P. Leśniewski, Poznań: Kontekst Scientific Publisher, 2022, p. 127-136.

5. P. Krzywoszyński, Voting in Pluralistic Word: some Democratic Paradoxes Concerning Referendum, [in:] "Philosophical Chalanges of Plurality in Global World" eds. D. Diaz-Soto, D. Manzanero, B. Thoillez, Cambridge:  Cambridge Scholar Publishing 2014, p. 55-65.

6. G. H. Sabine, G. L. Thorson, A History of Political Theory, Hinsdale, Illinois: Dryden Press, 1973.

7. J. L. Talmon, The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy, London: Mercury Books 1961.

8.. Ch. Tilly, Democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

9. G. M. Trevelyan, A Shortened History of England, London: Penguin Books 1959.