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ZUG3001 – Law of Contract

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2019 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of the general principles of the Law of Contract. The unit explains the context and scope of the legal principles relating to the Law of Contract within South Africa. It addresses the pivotal role that the Law of Contract plays in the different factual situations with reference to the necessary authority, organisational setting, the business environment and society at large. A strategic and integrative approach is followed and explored through the use of appropriate case studies and applied activities.


  • Describe how the South African Law of Contract has developed from its Roman, Roman-Dutch and English roots.
  • Elaborate on the legal principles that apply to the Law of Contract.
  • Solve practical problems with regard to the negotiation and creation of a contract.
  • Critique different legal issues that can affect various contractual elements and the contractual relationship.
  • Formulate the best integrated solution to a particular problem. Motivate the answer by applying the Law of Contract and other possible solutions.
  • Communicate the law and its application to different factual situations, in writing or orally with reference to the necessary authority.
  • Explain problem-solving contexts involving the Law of Contract.


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.