Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of the legal rules and guidelines used for the construction and interpretation of legislation. The module explains the context and scope of the principles of reading and interpreting legislation within South Africa. It addresses the pivotal role of the principles of interpretation post the introduction of democratic rule in 1994. The purpose of this module is for students to acquire a coherent understanding of, and ability to analyse, the fundamental legal concepts, principles, theories associated with the interpretation of statutes.
Within semester assessment: 50%
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.