Department of Jurisprudence

About Us
 

Formerly known as the Department of Jurisprudence, Legal History and Comparative Law, the Department of Jurisprudence currently has four permanent staff members, with two more expected to join the Department in the course of 2017.

The modules offered by the department play an integral role in ensuring that the legal profession can operate with ease. Modules imparting essential skills have been developed to address proficiency in computer usage, accounting for lawyers, legal research methods, ability to write, legal communication, as well as an understating of the philosophy of law. Each module offered by the Department is a necessary nexus in the chain of legal practice.

The following modules are offered by the department, namely, Introduction to the Theory of Law, Computer Literacy, Accounting for Lawyers, Legal Research Methodology, Customary Law, Legal Research & Writing Skills, Jurisprudence, Legal Communication Skills, and Street Law (the latter being an elective for both final year semesters).

The very popular final year elective Street Law module is expressly designed to expose students to community outreach activities. In programmes designed to visit different facilities, e.g. prisons, schools, etc., students are equipped with skills to impart their acquired legal knowledge to community members as a free service. The Department takes full responsibility for the organization and administration of these valuable community engagement events.

Modules
Modules taught in the Department:

1st Semester

INT 1541        :           Introduction to the Theory of Law     :           1st year level

ICL 1541         :           Computer Literacy                              :           1st year level

STL 4531        :           Street Law       (elective)                     :           4th year level

2nd Semester

ACL 1641       :           Accounting for Lawyers                     :           1st year level

LRM 1641      :           Legal Research Methodology :                       1st year level

CUL 2641       :           Customary Law                                  :           2nd year level

LRW 2641      :           Legal Research & Writing Skills        :           2nd year level

JUR 3641        :           Jurisprudence                          :                       3rd year level

LCS 3641        :           Legal Communication Skills  :                       3rd year level

RSP 4041        :           Research Project                                 :           4th year level

STL 4631        :           Street Law       (elective)                     :           4th year level 

ACL 1641       :           Accounting for Lawyers                   :           1st year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Possess basic knowledge and understanding of the variety of transactions essential to complete an adequate set of books and to design a plan of accounts to suit the needs of a legal enterprise;
  • Prepare simple set of Annual Financial Statements;
  • Compute and account for VAT;
  • Account for moneys received on behalf of clients to be held in trust for them;
  • Compute and account for income (fees) and expenses (disbursements);
  • Understand and apply the relevant fundamental accounting concepts and procedures;
  • Use the knowledge to solve day-to-day basic bookkeeping/ accounting problems. 

CUL 2641       :           Customary Law: 2nd year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Understand the extent to which customary law is relevant in the South African legal system;
  • understand the constitutional recognition of customary law;
  • Apply the provisions of the Recognition of Customary Marriage Act 120 of 1998,as amended;
  • Apply the provisions of the Traditional Leadership Governance and Framework Amendment Act 23 of 2009;
  • Understand the relevance of traditional leadership in the democratic state;
  • Understand the customary methods of intestate succession as now regulated by the Reform of the Customary Law of Succession and Regulation of Related Matters Act 11 of 2009;
  • Identify the role of Indigenous methods in conflict resolution in the South African Justice system.

ICL 1541        :           Computer Literacy   : 1st year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Create computer generated files and folders and manage them;
  • Optimally use the Microsoft Word processing programme;
  • Create Microsoft Excel spread sheets and be able to edit and manage them;
  • Use the Microsoft Access software to create and manage databases;
  • Create functional PowerPoint slides and presentations.

INT 1541        :           Introduction to the Theory of Law: 1st year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Understand the origin of South African law and the background of the final Constitution of South Africa;
  • Identify the sources of South African law;
  • Explain the classification of South African law;
  • Comprehend and engage with legal texts;
  • Demonstrate reading, writing and problem-solving skills;
  • Comprehend legislative, adjudicative and alternative dispute resolution processes;
  • Understand litigation and legal actors.

JUR 3641       :           Jurisprudence: 3rd year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Explain the historic development of legal thought;
  • Expose the development of Jurisprudence under transformative constitutionalism;
  • Engage critically with and evaluate different legal philosophy.

LCS 3641       :           Legal Communication Skills: 3rd year level

A student should after completion of this course be able to:

  • Understand and apply grammatical structure within legal contexts;
  • Comprehensively read different texts;
  • Eliminate legalese;
  • Organise his/her thoughts to communicate effectively and precisely;
  • Demonstrate legal research skills and effective command of research methodologies;
  • Practise focused listening;
  • Be an affective public speaker;
  • Identify and critically and logically argue legal questions in both oral and written formats;
  • Produce the proposal for purposes of his/her final year Research Project.

LRM 1641      :           Legal Research Methodology: 1st year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Apply basic reading, summarising and referencing skills;
  • Explain the origin and location of the various primary and secondary sources of South African law;
  • Make use of Juta and Butterworths research indexes for researching case law;
  • Use Government Gazettes and published statute books to find legislation;
  • Access South African law in its various forms via reliable web-addresses on the Internet.

LRW 2641      :           Legal Research & Writing Skills: 2nd year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to know:

  • How to find the relevant/appropriate authority/law;
  • how to locate and utilise the primary and secondary sources of South African law;
  • how to independently research the law;
  • the appreciation of the interaction between statutes and cases;
  • how to present a written discussion in standard legal documents such as memos, affidavits, briefs, fatal accident claim, etc.;
  • how to write law review articles, seminar papers, and research proposals;
  • how to answer problem questions in law.

STL 4531        :           Street Law     (elective): 4th year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Have an understanding of the fundamental principles and values underlying our constitution;
  • Provide practical understanding of law and the legal system;
  • Improve basic skills including critical thinking and reasoning, communication, observation and problem solving.

STL 4631        :           Street Law     (elective):4th year level

Upon completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Have an understanding of the fundamental principles and values underlying our constitution;
  • Provide practical understanding of law and the legal system;
  • Improve basic skills re including critical thinking and reasoning, presentation, observation and problem solving.
Staff

Name: Mrs Zamokuhle Bettina Masia Mopai
Designation: Professor


Name: Adv Tshilidzi Norman Raphulu
Designation: Senior Lecturer


Name: Dr John-Mark Iyi
Designation: Professor


Name: Dr Emma Charlene Lubaale
Designation: Senior Lecturer


Name: Mr Azwihangwisi Walter Makulana
Designation: Lecturer


Name: Mr Liberty Kudzai Masekesa
Designation: Part Time Lecturer