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ZUG2011 – Administrative law

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2018

15 Credits


The principal aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of the general principles and content of Administrative law. Administrative law deals with administrative action as provided in the Constitution and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000, and the effect of these provisions on administrative law in general. The unit explains the context and scope of the legal principles relating to Administrative law within South Africa. It demonstrates a well-rounded and systematic knowledge of, insights into terminology, history, theory, and classification of The Promotion of Administrative Justice Act including judicial review, the definition of “administrative action” the ground for review, reasons, standing, remedies and procedure. A strategic and integrative approach is followed and explored through the reference of case scenarios. Knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of administrative law with special reference to:

  • the constitutional rights to administrative action;
  • sources of administrative law;
  • substantive and procedural administrative law;
  • state liability;
  • the interaction between administrative law and other fields of law; and
  • develop independent research skills, including the use of technology for legal research.


  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge base and understanding of Administrative law under the South African Constitution.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate legal matters (the Constitution, legislation, case law and academic opinion) directly pertaining to Administrative law.
  • Analyse theoretical and practical issues in complex factual sets involving basic terminology, rules, principles and theories of Administrative law in the formulation of coherent, evidence-based and value-driven solutions to solve problems from unfamiliar context in this field of study.
  • Explain how Administrative law relates to cognate areas such as Constitutional law, Fundamental rights and Interpretation of statues.
  • Reflect on the ethical issues underpinning specific matters in Administrative law.
  • Analyse and synthesise the terms, rules, concepts, established principles and theories related to Administrative law.
  • Present creative and accurate legal arguments based on research.


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.