General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title History Of Polish Public Law
Language English
Module lecturer dr hab. Piotr Pilarczyk
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Law and Administration
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 10-HPPL-w-Erasm


Every Tuesday, room 4.14, Collegium Iuridicum Novum (Al. Niepodległości 53)

Module aim (aims)

The aim of course is to give outlook on Polish 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 Poland throughout the centuries. Students will learn about different forms of government.

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



Week 1 The Origins of PolandWeek 2 Poland in the Early Middle AgesWeek 3 Fragmentation of Poland. FeudalismWeek 4 Restoration of the Kingdom. The beginning of parliament in PolandWeek 5 Jagiellon Dynasty. Kingdom of Poland till 1569Week 6 Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth – state organizationWeek 7 Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth – oligarchy and Golden LibertyWeek 8 The Collapse: Reforms and The Partitions of PolandWeek 9 Duchy of Warsaw. Napoleonic stateWeek 10 Kingdom of PolandWeek 11 I World War and Restoration of PolandWeek 12 Poland in the interwar period – democracy and authoritarianismWeek 13 Poland in WW2 and Government on ExileWeek 14 Communist government in PolandWeek 15 The beginning of Third Republic of Poland

Reading list

T. Maciejewski, The History of Polish Legal System from the 10th to the 20th century. Warszawa 2016.
Course materials handed during lectures.