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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, explain and apply the basic principles of property law covered in the course;
- 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;
- Analyse and critique the values and policy considerations underlying property transactions covered in the course;
- Identify and use a range of legally specific research principles, methods and tools appropriate to respond to a factually complex property law problem
- 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;
- 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.
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.
- 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. (null) [LO null]
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Students are generally expected to devote approximately 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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