Owned Environments

Subject ENVS10010 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the various legal, economic and social systems that affect the environment at the level of the individual property. The subject covers theories and practices pertaining to the control, transfer, development and decisions about material goods in the built and natural environments.

A core principle underlying the subject is the development over time of property rights.
Key learning will include an understanding of land tenure systems in Australia and the way that this has developed over time as a central aspect of the functioning of our cities and regions.

Using residential property as a model the subject demonstrates:
• Real property’s role in shaping urban, rural and natural environments;
• How property is conceived in legal, social and economic terms;
• Concepts of ownership in different cultural traditions; and
• The rights, obligations and ownership limits in our society.

The subject will also consider the range of issues that need to be resolved in property rights as they relate to tensions between individual versus collective concerns. These range from Terra Nullius, individual rights, collective rights, mechanisms for contesting or modifying rights, intergenerational rights, and anthropomorphic versus ecological rights.


Understanding of rights as they relate to land tenure and property, particularly residential property in Australia and their evolution over time.

Knowledge of key processes involved in ownership of property, such as land tenure transfer and urban planning.

Knowledge of key agencies involved in regulating, mediating and transferring property rights.

Understanding the relationship between property rights and economic value.


Progressive assignments:
Assignment 1 – Property rights (suburb level) due week 4 (10%)
Assignment 2 – Property rights (individual property level) due week 8 (15%)
Assignment 3 – Linkage between rights and economic value due week 12 (20%)

3 hour end of semester examination (55%)

Prescribed Texts:

Course reader.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

An ability to apply a systems approach to analysing the dynamics of rights and obligations in owned environments.

Be able to understand the economic, regulatory and social factors affecting the use of environments.

Skills in analysing, reporting on and discussing issues relevant to this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Environments
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture major
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Construction major
Environmental Engineering Systems major
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major
Environmental Science major
Geomatics (Geomatic Engineering) major
Landscape Architecture major
Landscape Management major
Property major
Urban Design and Planning major

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