Course Title : History of Institutions
Code Course
Credits ECTS
LAW 103-2 A 1 3 0 0 3.00 5
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language Albanian
Course Level
Description This course examines the development of law and legal thought from the dawn of civilization in the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia to the European Early Modern era. Through a comparative examination of legal systems and practices, we will investigate the historical origins of “law” as an idea. We will see how each of these societies created law in the image of its own beliefs and needs, what differentiated the resulting legal systems, and what united them. We will examine not merely the “law in the books” (the formal written codes) but also “law in action” − the performances, rituals and ceremonies that created legal rights and duties in these ancient and medieval societies.
Objectives Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 1. Understand the historical development of law in the most important world cultures; 2. Acquire a broad perspective on ancient, medieval and modern legal cultures; 3. Analyze primary sources and their significance to relevant historical moments; 4. Develop critical analytical abilities and discussion and presentation skills.
Course Outline
1Introduction to the History of Institutions, object definition, geographical coordinates, chronological boundaries, political institutions of ancient birth, Characteristics of the institutions in Ancient Greece
2Institutions Roman, the Byzantine Empire
3Medieval institutions in Europe, feudal society, land-holding system and municipalities, medieval towns.
4Institutions of the church and its relationship with the state
5Institutional Characteristics of the Kingdom of England during the Middle Ages
6Characteristics of Medieval Institutions in France
7The crisis of authoritarian rule and the arrival of the liberal state, Setting liberal monarchy in England
8Midterm Exam
9Characteristics of institutional development of France from 1789-1792
10Characteristics of institutional development of France from 1792 - 1875
11U.S., features contemporary institutions
12Characteristics of Political Institutions of the United Kingdom
13Characteristics of institutional development of France from 1875 year to date
14Institutions of German-speaking countries, 1815-up today
15Political institutions - Russian legal during and after the revolution of 1917
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Describe and explain the basic structure, institutions, principles of institution
2Discuss and evaluate in an informed critical capacity relevant legal problems in weekly classes
3Demonstrate an ability to apply the areas of public law studied to class problems
4Communicate your understanding of selected history of institutions issues clearly, in both oral and written forms
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade50
Contribution of final examination to overall grade50
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14342
Assignments 155
Midterms 11010
Final examination 12525
Other 000
Total Work Load 130
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5.2

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