Courses & Units

Concepts of Property LAW622


This course will explore the underpinnings of property law and the divergent cultural, social and political views related to the acquisition of property by discovery, capture and creation that are drawn into the efforts to answer the basic question, "What is property?" Course material will provide opportunity for consideration of original possession of property in the contexts of: discovery versus conquest of inhabited lands; the theory of occupancy; the commons and the anti-commons; intangible property such as ideas, writings, and inventions; animals as property; and, people as property including wives, children and slaves. Readings will include cases from the U.S. and Australia and excerpts from articles and books related to the cases and concepts.


Unit name Concepts of Property
Unit code LAW622
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff


Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2016: $1,305.00 2016: $1,523.00 090999

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Teaching Pattern

This unit will be taught intensively in the summer semester.


One hour exam (25%), Research assignment (75%).

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