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Property Law (11281.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2021 Semester 2 PROF   Murray   RAFF (Ph: ) ON-CAMPUS

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Interests in property, especially in land, that are recognised by the law, transactions with them, and disputes about them, are the subject area of this unit. The use of land based resources has special social, cultural and economic meaning and this is reflected in the law that regulates access to land through the various proprietary interests that may be held in it. Disputes about access to land, whether physical, economic or other access, consequently manifest themselves as legal disputes about these proprietary interests and transactions with them.

This unit is a compulsory unit in the law degree program. Property Law is a foundation stone of many areas of legal practice. The workshop/tutorial program builds toward the practical problem solving challenges posed in the final exam, which are themselves realistic problems encountered in legal practice.

This unit may be co-taught with a G version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify the characteristics of proprietary interests recognised by common law and equity;

2. Demonstrate understanding of and ability to apply the principles and rules behind the recognition of interests in land, transactions with them, priority between them, and to predict their operation;

3. Demonstrate understanding of legal practice with respect to transactions concerning personal and real property, and its historical and theoretical explanations;

4. Demonstrate an ability to analyse policy underlying rules relating to personal and real property; and

5. Critically examine: a) current socio-legal issues about land based resources, theoretical perspectives and likely directions of law reform; b) some of the international comparative perspectives on real property law and the contributions they could make to law reform; and c) law reform proposals relating to personal and real property.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 3 hour lecture and one 1 hour workshop/tutorial program on campus per week.


This unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws course.

Students must have passed 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice AND 11277 Contract Law AND 11278 Torts Law.



Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

7050 Property Law

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