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ZUG1003 – Ethics and critical thinking for lawyers

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2017 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of various ethical theories and to build their capacity for ethical and critical thinking skills. Equipped with these skills, students would be able to apply their new-found knowledge to various practical situations, case studies and ethical dilemmas in the workplace with a focus on the intersection between commerce and law.


  • Give a critical exposition of various ethical theories and their relevance to society.
  • Critically discuss the role and importance of ethics within society and the workplace.
  • Describe the key concepts central to the various ethical theories discussed within the unit.
  • Critique case studies and actual scenarios in relation to key ethical theories.
  • Identify and describe ethical dilemmas within the community and workplace.
  • Explain how contemporary ethical trends have developed from modern ethical theories.
  • Develop a basic set of critical and analytic skills for ethical decision-making in society and the workplace.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.