Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2014 (Day)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit introduces students to basic principles of real and personal property law including: the concept of property; possession, seisin and title, adverse possession, estates in land (including successive interests); fixtures and chattels, co-ownership; legal and equitable interests in land; transfer of land and goods by gift and sale; introduction to general law, deeds and Torrens systems; and leases.


On completion of this unit students will be able to

  1. integrate knowledge of property law principles and exercise analytic skill and professional judgment to generate appropriate responses to moderately complex problems
  2. critically evaluate the social and economic purposes and effects of property law principles, using theories, broader contexts and comparative perspectives
  3. research independently, synthesise and analyse property law information in standard formats to create new understandings or new applications
  4. interpret, communicate and present property law ideas effectively and persuasively to specialist and non-specialist audiences and peers.


Research and writing exercise (2250 words): 30%; final examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Nicole Bieske (Trimester 1)
Dr Nicole Bieske (Trimester 2)
Dr Susan Barkehall-Thomas (Trimester 3)

Workload requirements

2.5 hours per week x 12 weeks


LAW7212 or LAW7470, LAW7265 or LAW7428