• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Imogen Saunders
    • Wayne Morgan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course provides an overview of the law governing personal and real property, emphasising the concepts of possession and title, the fragmentation of proprietary interests, and the various ways in which common law and legislation resolve disputes between competing interests.  The greater part of the course is devoted to the creation, acquisition, attributes and remedies for the protection of interests in real property (land).  The course covers legal and equitable interests in land, the acquisition and transfer of such interests by purchase and adverse possession, priority rules, leases, mortgages, easements, and concurrent ownership.  Particular attention is paid to the Torrens system of registration of title.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.      Identify, explain and apply the basic principles of property law covered in the course;

2.      Analyse and predict how unresolved and/or ambiguous questions of property law could be resolved by the courts through an analysis of case law, underlying policy and the judicial method;

3.      analyse and critique the values and policy considerations underlying property transactions covered in the course;

4.      Identify and use a range of legally specific research principles, methods and tools appropriate to respond to a factually complex property law problem;

5.      Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about solutions to complex property law problems;

6.      Access, interpret and use government documents in the course of solving property law problems, with an emphasis on those documents relating to registration of interests in the Torrens system.

Other Information

Property assumes a sound grasp of contract principles and remedies.  Equity and Trusts is a compulsory course which follows on from Property.  Elective courses which deal further with personal property are Commercial Law and Intellectual Property.  Succession, Environmental Law and Indigenous Australians and the Law build on principles established in Property.

Property is not a course in conveyancing, which is covered in Practical Legal Training courses.

Indicative Assessment

The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with the option of undertaking at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the semester.  More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available on the course home page by the first week of semester.

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Workload

Students are generally expected to devote approximately 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws. You must have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level and have completed LAWS1204 Contracts.

Prescribed Texts

Information about prescribed texts will be made available in the course outline.  See the course home page.

Preliminary Reading

The preliminary reading required for this course will be available from the course home page at least one week prior to the commencement of the course.

A reading guide will be available on the course web page.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2408 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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