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ZUG3004 – Family law

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2019 (Day)

15 Credits


Family Law has developed into a well-defined autonomous discipline that has proven to be dynamic in its very nature. Family law, as the name suggests, focuses mainly on the rules relating to and regarding family structure. The unit explains the context and scope of the nature and contract of the law of the family with special reference to:

  • Judicial requirements of a marriage;
  • Unchangeable consequences of a marriage;
  • Changeable consequences of a marriage;
  • Legal rules with regard to divorce and the personal and patrimonial consequences of divorce; and
  • Parent-child relationships within South Africa.

It cultivates an in-depth knowledge and informed understanding of the nature and content of family law, covering 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 the law of persons and juristic persons. To develop independent research skills, including using technology for legal research. It is imperative that students understand the fundamentals of family law to successfully execute their responsibilities as a legal practitioner.


  • Provide an overview of topical issues in family law jurisprudence and practice.
  • Show a fundamental knowledge of the nature of family law with special reference to:
    • the juridical requirements of marriage;
    • the unchangeable consequences of a marriage;
    • the changeable consequences of a marriage;
    • legal rules with regard to divorce and the personal and patrimonial consequences of divorce; and
    • the parent-child relationship.
  • Elaborate on the legal concepts and terminology commonly encountered in Family Law (Law of Husband and Wife).
  • Analyse a chosen set of facts, withdrawing further information where and when necessary from relevant sources to reach a solution.
  • Communicate the law, and its application to different factual situations, in writing or orally with reference to the necessary authority.
  • Evaluate information and formulate a possible solution in order to solve a problem.


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.