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Property Law LAW354


Today, the richest 1% of adults will own more than 50% of global wealth. Indeed the 85 richest individuals will have more wealth than the poorest 50% of the world's population. But does property law facilitate this and encourage this inequality, or is it merely the instrument by which this division in wealth can be measured. One thing is undeniable though, the connection between the concept of property and law. For many legal systems around the world, the notion of private property is the foundation on which legal systems operate. Given this importance, this unit takes three themes and considers how the history of property law, its current operation, and future direction will influence our doctrinal and theoretical understanding of property law, and its place within the law of obligations. These three themes ask: how is property created, how is it acquired and how is it transferred. Consistent with these themes, knowledge of the nature and type of various proprietary interests in chattels and land, and their creation and relative enforceability at law and in equity is discussed. There will be a detailed focus on the Torrens system of land registration as well as briefer consideration of general law land, crown land, and native title. The specific areas of co-ownership, mortgages, leases, licences, easements, restrictive covenants, and strata title will also be analysed.

Practical skills emphasised in this unit include statutory interpretation, written and oral communication, legal research, and independent learning. This unit contains the necessary content for Property Law as prescribed by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee, Uniform Admission Rules, Schedule 1 Prescribed Areas of Knowledge (‘Priestley 11’), with the exception of legal and equitable remedies (considered in LAW454 Remedies), and includes the content for Personal Property Securities (listed under Corporations Law in the Priestley 11) as well as equitable rights, titles and interests (listed under Equity in the Priestley 11).


Unit name Property Law
Unit code LAW354
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Benjamin Richardson
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify both the general principles of property law and the legal issues arising from an examination of those discrete areas selected for study within the units.
  • Critically analyse and justify a response to factual problems in property law.
  • Examine and evaluate the political and historical factors that have shaped and continue to shape, the rules governing property law, and the policy issues that underlie the current rules.
  • Research a specific problem in property law using a range of primary and secondary legal materials.
  • Communicate professionally in writing, observing all appropriate academic and legal referencing conventions.
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090900 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $1,828.00

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50 credit points of Intermediate Law core


Teaching Pattern

Lecture – 1 hour online weekly

Tutorials – 2 hours face-to-face weekly

AssessmentFinal Exam (40%)|Essay (50%)|Workshop Participation (10%)
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