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ZUG1005 – Law of Persons

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2017 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of the general principles of the Law of Persons. The Law of Persons forms part of private law and is concerned with the determination of legal subjectivity, the rights and duties associated with legal personality and issues of legal status. The unit explains the context and scope of the legal principles relating to the Law of Persons within South Africa. It demonstrates a fundamental knowledge of the Law of Persons and juristic persons and an informed understanding of the important terms, rules, concepts, general principles and theories. A strategic and integrative approach is followed and explored through the use of appropriate case studies and applied activities to describe the Law of Persons and juristic persons. Students develop independent research skills, including the use of technology in legal research.


  • Explain the content and scope of the Law of Persons.
  • Analyse theoretical and practical issues with the concept of legal personality.
  • Solve practical problems with regard to the legal status of persons and juristic persons.
  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the insights into the terminology and the legal concepts commonly encountered in the Law of Persons.
  • Evaluate the influence and impact that the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, has on the Law of Persons.
  • Communicate the law and its application to different factual situations, in writing or orally with reference to the necessary authority.


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.