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LAWS2200 – Property Law

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Dr Henry Kha
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
60cp including LAWS104 or LAWS1200
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Property law lies at the heart of our legal system. Jeremy Bentham once aptly observed: 'Property and Law are born together and die together. Before laws were made there was no property; take away law, and property ceases'. This unit provides a contextual analysis and outline of the Anglo-Australian law on property and covers such topics as the history and theory of property law; systems of title to, and resolution of competing interests in, property; concurrent ownership of property; native title; and mortgages, leases, easement and covenants in relation to real property.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Explain the historical development of Australian property law and the major historical and theoretical principles that underlie it.
  • ULO2: Critically analyse the way in which native title has been placed in the framework of Australian property law.
  • ULO3: Critically analyse the major forms of title to land in Australia and appreciate the fundamental difference between the creation and transfer of property rights in law and in equity.
  • ULO4: Critically analyse complex priority disputes between competing claimants to the same property through the application of doctrinal and procedural rules of law and equity.

General Assessment Information

Late Submission Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Quiz 20% No 29 March 2021
Class Participation 20% No Weekly
Time Limited Take Home Test 60% No 9 June 2021, 9 am - 1 pm

Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 29 March 2021
Weighting: 20%

Students will complete a multiple choice quiz on Property Law.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the historical development of Australian property law and the major historical and theoretical principles that underlie it.
  • Critically analyse the way in which native title has been placed in the framework of Australian property law.

Class Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 36 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 20%

Students will be assessed on their contributions to class activities and discussions.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the historical development of Australian property law and the major historical and theoretical principles that underlie it.
  • Critically analyse the way in which native title has been placed in the framework of Australian property law.
  • Critically analyse the major forms of title to land in Australia and appreciate the fundamental difference between the creation and transfer of property rights in law and in equity.
  • Critically analyse complex priority disputes between competing claimants to the same property through the application of doctrinal and procedural rules of law and equity.

Time Limited Take Home Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 68 hours
Due: 9 June 2021, 9 am - 1 pm
Weighting: 60%

The take home test will contain hypothetical problem questions on Property Law that students will need to solve.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically analyse the major forms of title to land in Australia and appreciate the fundamental difference between the creation and transfer of property rights in law and in equity.
  • Critically analyse complex priority disputes between competing claimants to the same property through the application of doctrinal and procedural rules of law and equity.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Compulsory Text Brendan Edgeworth, Chris Rossiter, Pamela O’Connor, Andrew Godwin, Leon Terrill, Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law (LexisNexis, 11th edition, 2020).

Lectures Lectures will be recorded and uploaded weekly on iLearn.

Tutorials Tutorials will be held each week. Attending the tutorials are beneficial for achieving the learning outcomes. Class participation shall be assessed in the tutorials.

Online Content Online content can be accessed on iLearn. Personal computer and Internet access are required.

Unit Schedule

Week

Week Commencing

Lecture Topic

Tutorial Topic

1

22-Feb

Unit Introduction & the Concept of Property

NO TUTORIAL

2

1-Mar

Fundamental Property Principles & Native Title

The Concept of Property

3

8-Mar

Land, Fixtures & Chattels

Fundamental Property Principles & Native Title

4

15-Mar

Common Law & Equitable Interests in Land

Land, Fixtures & Chattels

5

22-Mar

Old System Title Priorities

Common Law & Equitable Interests in Land

6

29-Mar

Torrens Title & Indefeasibility

Old System Title Priorities

7

19-Apr

Torrens Title Priorities

Torrens Title & Indefeasibility

8

26-Apr

Co-Ownership & Strata Title

Torrens Title Priorities

9

3-May

Leases

Co-Ownership & Strata Title

10

10-May

Mortgages

Leases

11

17-May

Easements

Mortgages

12

24-May

Freehold Covenants

Easements

13

31-May

NO LECTURE

Freehold Covenants

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