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ZUG1011 – Law of property

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2017

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is for students to gain a fundamental knowledge of the study of the common law and legislation relating to the acquisition, exercise, transfer and termination of real rights, including legislation relating to sectional titles and fractional property ownership, as well as constitutional property law and land reform.


  • Describe the sources and key principles that underpin the law of property.
  • Discuss the theoretical framework within which the law of property operates.
  • Analyse the essential principles emanating from landmark case law within the law of property.
  • Apply landmark case law principles to real or simulated factual property scenarios.
  • Apply the sources and theoretical underpinnings of the law of property to solve factual scenarios relating to property disputes.
  • Explain the role of the law of property in current South Africa, paying particular attention to the influence of the Constitution on property dynamics.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module 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 module 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.