Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2015 (Day)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html
Previously coded as LAW7267

Quota applies

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


The unit examines the concept and categories of real and personal property; the interface between contractual and property rights; the nature of types of property right including freehold and leasehold estates, modes of creating and transferring property rights in law and equity; possession as a source of title.


At the successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • apply interpretive techniques to synthesize property law principles from judicial decisions and legislation;
  • identify, research, evaluate and synthesize relevant factual, legal and policy issues;
  • select, analyse and apply property law principles to generate solutions appropriate to legal problems and issues;
  • engage in critical analysis and make reasoned and appropriate choices among alternatives; and
  • communicate and collaborate effectively and persuasively.


1. Collaborative class activity requiring research, oral presentation, a written
reflection task and an individual written research memorandum:
10% for presentation of oral component;
10% for written reflection (750 words); and
10% for written research memorandum (750 words).
2. Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time): 70%

Workload requirements

Workload is 2.5 (or 3 for 2015+ cohort) hours per week x 12 weeks

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Alicia Wright (Trimester 1)
Ms Jennifer Schultz (Trimester 2)
Dr Susan Barkehall Thomas (Trimester 3)


LAW5004 (for students beginning in 2015 or later) and LAW7265 or LAW5002