LAWS4107 Land Law
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- This unit considers in detail the Torrens System of land title registration including (1) the concept of indefeasibility of title; (2) the exceptions to indefeasibility; and (3) the nature and role of caveats and unregistered interests in the Torrens System. It explores the law regarding land transactions including mortgages, leases and easements. The unit fosters a critical and analytical approach to examining land law principles which are revealed in the case readings and in legislation. It identifies, where appropriate, ethical issues that arise in land law. It seeks to advance the core legal skills of problem solving; statutory interpretation; effective oral communication skills; and clear, concise and persuasive written legal arguments. The assessment seeks to examine these core legal skills and further provides students with the opportunity to hone their skills in case law analysis; statutory interpretation and independent learning. In addition, students participate in a reflective feedback exercise in which students are asked to reflect on an item of assessment submitted in the first semester property unit [LAWS4104 Property (formerly LAWS5104 Property)].
- Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding by applying land law principles regarding the Torrens system, mortgages, leases and easements to solve hypothetical legal problems; (2) analyse statutes by reading, interpreting and applying statutory provisions to a legal problem; (3) create clear, concise and persuasive legal arguments using correct and plain English both orally and in writing; (4) critically reflect on and evaluate the quality of past performance in the Property Law exam in light of exemplars; and (5) analyse comparative interstate perspectives by comparing and contrasting different judicial and statutory approaches to land law issues.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) self-reflective critique; (2) assignments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Ms Penny Carruthers
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- up to 4 hours per week
- Recommended text
Moore, A. P., Grattan, S., Griggs, L., Australian Real Property Law, 7th edn: Thomson Reuters 2020
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