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Historical Foundations of South African Law - HFL1501

Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with an outline of the origins of the South African legal system focusing on the indigenous African, Western and the human-rights traditions. It addresses the contribution made by liberation movements in problematizing apartheid policies and laws and their contributions in shaping South African law. Aspects of transformative constitutionalism are addressed. The module gives an overview of: the foundations of indigenous law; the civil-law foundations of the law of property and obligations; and the influence of the Constitution on their development. Students who complete this module will be able to illustrate the importance of the continuous development of South African law in line with the values of the Constitution. The module is appropriate for students who wish to pursue a career as legal practitioners, para-legals, politicians, academics and historians. It will enable graduates to enter other professions and occupations and to equip them to meet broader socio-cultural needs.