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ZUG1004 – Introduction to law

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2017 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this unit is for the students to gain a fundamental knowledge of the science of law with specific reference to: the concept of law; basic legal concepts and processes; information retrieving skills; sources of law; the basic court structure; constitutional developments; classification of the various disciplines and professions and professional and ethical issues. Students will gain basic knowledge, insight and skills to analyse and find solutions to elementary problems relating to some of the underlying principles of South African Law in general.


  • Identify elementary problems relating to underlying principles of South African law.
  • Discuss several theoretical approaches, models and processes of applied South African Law.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the legal environment.
  • Critique the role of core values and ethics in current legal practices.
  • Describe the importance of professional and ethical issues in South African Law.
  • Discuss basic principles, theories, legal terminology, concepts and conventions in terms of the formulation of solutions in elementary problem solving, individually and in groups.


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.