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ZUG2015 – Jurisprudence

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

School

Business and Economics

Offered

South Africa

  • Second Semester 2018

15 Credits

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

  • Define and discuss philosophy, the history of philosophy as well as knowledge of the different branches of philosophy.
  • Interpret the terminology of Jurisprudence and different theoretical approaches to the law and legal studies, with specific reference to:
    • An introduction to philosophy in general;
    • Western jurisprudential debates; and
    • Current jurisprudential issues.
  • Solve practical problems among a wide range of scenarios.
  • Critically compare different viewpoints and provide substantiated ideas on the issues.
  • Retrieve information and use it to analyse, evaluate and solve issues or topics in Jurisprudence.
  • Communicate the law, and its application to different factual situations, in writing or orally with reference to the necessary authority.
  • Integrate the major claims and arguments in legal philosophy with special reference to contemporary South African legal problems and case law.

Assessment

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.

Prohibitions

None

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