Universität Wien FIND

030393 SE SE Constitutional History (2021S)

for diploma and doctoral students

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Further date: Thu 10.06.2021

Thursday 18.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 22.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Juridification through Supreme Courts
The containment of political power in constitutional history

Courts control political power, integrate legal constitutions into social reality and make basic and human rights effective. According to today's understanding, they are an eminent part of every constitutional order. How has judicial control of political power developed throughout history?

In this seminar, we will try to understand the conditions of this development from a comparative historical perspective. To this end, we will look at selected case studies from different countries. Besides legal practice, the history of ideas of the constitutional order and of the highest jurisdiction will be taken into account.

Assessment and permitted materials

You will be graded based upon a seminar paper (25–30 pages, 50,000 characters, including footnotes and spaces), your oral participation and presentation of a topic during the block seminar. During this session, the results of your own work should be presented and put up for discussion with a thesis paper (approx. 7 pages) and, if necessary, an excerpt from the source. The final version of your seminar paper must be submitted digitally on Moodle and in paper at the secretariat of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

ATTENTION: You also have to register via email. Besides your registration through u: space, we kindly ask you to send a short motivation letter in which you explain why you would like to participate in the seminar and what your expectations are. Please submit your motivation letter to stefan.auer@univie.ac.at until March 5th.

Examination topics

Reading list

Will be announced at the preliminary meeting.

Association in the course directory

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