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LA2015 - Land Law 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

This subject provides students with a thorough introduction to the history and context of contemporary land law in Australia. The subject uses these foundations to enable students to build a core of knowledge of key principles of land law and promotes the development of skills to find, interpret and apply the statute and case law that underpins these principles. The subject introduces property as a theoretical concept, and covers principles including the meaning and classification of 'land' within Australian law; the doctrines of tenure and estates; the impact of native title and the Property Law Act 1974 (Qld) on these doctrines; the creation and assertion of equitable and legal interests in land; co-ownership of land; and an introduction to systems of registration of interests in land. This subject lays a foundation for LA2016 (Land Law 2), LA3013 (Principles of Equity) and LA3011 (Commercial and Personal Property Law).

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to analyse and critique the concept of property through historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • ability to resolve legal issues involving land law through analysing legal problems, and finding and applying relevant statute and case law;
  • skills in researching and synthesising primary and secondary sources relevant to the theory of property, and the theory and practice of land law.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Prerequisites: (LA1101 and LA1102) or LA1007


Cairns, Study Period 2, Block
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching (Four hours of seminars per week for first six weeks of Study Period 2)
Coordinator: Dr Kate Galloway
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars - One,four-hour seminar per week for six weeks together with online materials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); participation in class activities (20%); essays (30%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Mr Jamie Fellows
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 11 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (55% - 70%); presentations (15%); assignments (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.