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ZUG2001 – Constitutional Law

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2018 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of the general principles of Constitutional Law. Constitutional Law forms part of public law and is concerned with the state, its structures which include local, provincial governments and its citizens. The unit explains the context and scope of the state relating to the Constitutional Law within South Africa. It demonstrates a fundamental knowledge of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 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 Constitutional Law. Students develop independent research skills, including how to use technology in legal research.


  • Recognise and interpret real world Constitutional Law scenarios emerging from problematic South African structural Constitutional Law issues.
  • Conduct and evaluate research based on case law and theory through a sound knowledge of Constitutional Law.
  • Integrate information gained and propose creative solutions employing common terms/terminology, doctrines, underpinning and established theories and principles, relating concepts, processes, procedures and techniques in Constitutional Law.
  • Discuss legal concepts and terminology commonly encountered in Constitutional Law.
  • Argue Constitutional rights issues in an informed and legally critical manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate the Constitution, and its application to different factual situations, in writing or orally with reference to the necessary authority.
  • Apply in depth-knowledge gained during the unit to solve practical problems relating to conflicting national and international laws.


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.