Property Law

Subject 702-354 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two hours of lectures and up to one hour of tutorials per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 702-211 Income Property Analysis (formerly 702-211 Property2),or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof. Jon Robinson
Subject Overview:

Overview of the legal system in Australia. The concept of property and ownership in Australia. Comparative land policy. The general law and the Torrens land registration systems. The legal nature of land: improvements, fixtures and chattels. Encumbrances: easements, restrictive covenants, right. Co-ownership: subdivision, joint tenancy in common. Licenses and leases. Contract, tort and agency. Occupier's liability. Impact of heritage legislation.

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Analytical skills - an enquiring and analytical approach to the conduct of legal aspects associated with property.

  • Problem solving skills - an increased quantum of knowledge of issues and practice relevant to property law.

  • Communication skills - a greater facility to generate and communicate property law issues at an acceptable, introductory standard.

Assessment: Staged assignments totaling 2000 words (40%) and one three-hour examination (60%). A grade of at least 40% must be achieved in the final examination in order to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: TBC
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Analysis of basic property law issues.

  • Understanding of the processes of law affecting real property.

  • Understanding the ethics of real property matters.

  • Oral communication in debating legal principles.

  • Planning of own work via assignments throughout the semester.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Planning and Design (Property and Construction)

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