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The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of the general principles of Jurisprudence. The module will analyse and comment upon the major claims and arguments in legal philosophy in the pre-modern, modern and post-modern eras. It addresses the pivotal role that legal philosophy plays in the different factual situations in written or oral methodology, with special reference to contemporary South African legal problems and case law. To demonstrate a well-rounded and systematic knowledge base of the terminology of Jurisprudence and different theoretical approaches to the law and legal studies. To understand the thinking and reasoning peculiar to legal philosophy, the module will also attempt, where possible, to see how legal philosophies studies have been applied and have impacted our courts. Thus the course aims to be not merely a theoretical exercise but one with sufficient practical effect.
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.