Public Law 220

Module code PBL 220
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Law
Module content
  1. Situating constitutional rights within the statist-liberal and multicommunal approaches to constitutionalism 
  2. Conceptualisation: human rights; fundamental rights and constitutional rights; universality versus cultural specificity 
  3. Structure and outline of the Bill of Rights 
  4. Standing 
  5. Interpretation with specific reference to transformationism 
  6. Application: the rights bearers and duty-bearers of constitutional rights 
  7. The structure of a dispute involving constitutional rights and limitation 
  8. Capita selecta of specific rights in liberal, communitarian and transformationist contexts, including: 
  • Equality and non-discrimination 
  • Freedom of religion, belief and opinion 
  • Expression and other selected individual freedoms 
  • Socio-Economic Rights 
  1. Enforcement 
  • Communal consent 
  • Judicial enforcement; South African courts and their jurisdictions; Capita selecta of judicial remedies 
  1. Chapter IX-institutions 
  2. Critical notes 
Module credits 10.00
NQF Level 06
Service modules Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
Prerequisites No prerequisites.
Contact time 2 lectures per week
Department Public Law
Period of presentation Semester 2

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