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Unit Overview


This unit introduces the concept of property by considering questions regarding 'what is property?' and 'what things are capable of being the object of property rights?' It explains the importance of possession in property law and considers this in the context of real and personal property. It identifies and explains fundamental principles of land law including the physical dimensions of real property; the doctrine of tenure and estates; and First Nation peoples' rights to land at common law. Students also explore the different ways in which proprietary interests in real and personal property may be created and transferred including by consent; without consent and by the operation of general equitable principles. The unit concludes with an examination of the priority rules to resolve disputes between competing interests in land and the law of co-ownership. The unit fosters a critical and analytical approach to examining property law principles. Where appropriate, it explores the social, political, economic and historical context of, and the ethical issues that arise in, property law. Students advance the core legal skills of problem solving; statutory interpretation; effective oral communication skills; and clear, concise and persuasive written legal arguments.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding by applying principles of real and personal property law to solve hypothetical legal problems; (2) evaluate comparative contexts of property law, particularly native First Nations peoples' rights under native title laws.; (3) analyse developments in property law including issues concerning the concept of property, the subject matter of property rights and native title; (4) critique alternative ethical responses to property issues and make appropriate and justified choices from the alternatives identified; and (5) create clear, concise and persuasive legal arguments using correct and plain English both orally and in writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Natalie Brown and Claire Kaylock
Unit rules
Contact hours
4 hours per week
For Masters of Legal Practice students, please note that to satisfy the Priestly Requirement of Property Law, you must also complete Land Law.
Recommended text

Moore, A., Grattan, S. and Griggs, L., Australian Real Property Law, 7th edn: Thomson Reuters 2020

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