Faculty of Law

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)


Private property is a central institution in most Western political, social and legal systems. The Property A unit aims to introduce students to this area of legal knowledge and to the historical, social, economic and political factors which have influenced its development. In addition, the Property A unit enables students to gain an understanding of the relationship between the rules of property law and other rules used to resolve conflicts between legal persons.


Students who successfully complete the unit should have:

  1. acquired an understanding of what is meant by the notion of property, and how the relationship between a legal person and a 'thing' which is the object of a proprietary interest differs from other legal relationships;
  2. analysed the incidents of the major categories of proprietary interests that exist in real and personal property;
  3. examined and applied some of the rules governing the creation of proprietary interests at law and in equity;
  4. reflected on the role and continuing relevance of historical, social and political factors in shaping modern property law;
  5. refined their analytical and problem-solving skills by applying property law principles to resolve factual problems; and
  6. strengthened their skills of case analysis, statutory interpretation, oral communication, teamwork, legal research and legal writing and self-directed learning.


Research assignment (2000 words) 40% and examination (120 minutes and reading and noting time of 30 minutes) 60% OR examination (150 minutes and reading and noting time of 30 minutes) 100%.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Greg Taylor

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week plus one hour tutorial per week starting in week 5 or 6


LAW1100 OR LAW1101and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102