Constitutional Law - Five Year Stream


Preliminary Level, whole year course 36 NQF credits at HEQSF level 7

Convener: L Kohn

Course entry requirements: Undergraduate LLB curriculum students: concurrent registration with PVL1007F.Graduate LLB students: concurrent registration with PVL1009S, PVL1006W, PVL1007F.

Course outline:

The first part of the course provides an introduction to the history of South African constitutional law and basic concepts such as democracy, legitimacy, constitutionalism, federalism, separation of powers and the rule of law. It then considers the institutional framework provided by the South African Constitution in detail.

The second part of the course focuses on the protection of human rights in the Constitution. It examines the operation of the Bill of Rights and, using both SA cases and the jurisprudence of constitutional courts in other jurisdictions as well as the European Court of Human Rights, considers freedom of speech, equality and affirmative action, the protection of property rights and social and economic rights among other issues.

DP requirements: None

Assessment: June test, tutorial assignments 35%; Five  year  curriculum  assignments  and  tests 5%; November examination (3 hour) 60%.