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Undergraduate Course: Property Law (Ordinary) (LAWS08133)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course aims to impart

(a) a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of the law of property and of their structural-relationship;

(b) an appreciation of the application of these fundamental principles in relation to the law of ownership and of the subordinate real rights in respect of both heritable and moveable property;

(c) an understanding of the location of property law within the legal system in general;

(d) a knowledge of the historical evolution of property law and an ability to consider the possibilities for its future development;

(e) an ability to apply the intellectual skills developed in earlier study in the Law School in the acquisition of knowledge and in the use and interpretation of primary sources, especially statutes;

(f) an ability to use problem-solving and diagnostic techniques in the application of legal principles to concrete facts;

(g) greater library and IT skills in relation to the acquisition of legal knowledge; and

(h) deepened skills previously learned in earlier study in the Law School and elsewhere, including communication skills; research skills and general skills relating to the organisation of work and time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08094) AND Legal Reasoning and Legal System (LAWS08106)) OR ( Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127) AND Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (this includes Erasmus students on a Law Exchange).
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  280
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 139 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a full knowledge and understanding of the following topics in the law of property:

real and personal rights
ranking of real rights and competition of title
classification of property
ownership, including joint and common property
derivative and original acquisition
land registration
the ECHR and protection of property rights
the subordinate real rights. Including leases, real burdens, servitudes, and rights in security
creation, variation, transfer and extinction of real rights
public rights over land and water
law of the tenement
rivers, lochs and the sea
execution of deeds
Assessment Information
Degree examination (taken at end of year) 80% of final mark.
Multiple-choice test (taken at the mid-point of the year) 20% of final mark
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills By the end of the course, students should be able to:

recognise, analyse and rank arguments and evidence in terms of relevance
and importance by:
o managing volume of legal sources and select key material to construct written or oral answers to a problem.
o identifying the legal problem from information provided.
o addressing problems by reference to relevant material.
o bringing together and integrating information and materials from a variety of different sources.
o acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context.
o application of the law and problem-solving in a legal context.
o presenting arguments for and against propositions.
be aware that arguments require to be supported by evidence, in order to meet legal requirements of proof by showing awareness of the need for evidence to support arguments
apply knowledge and analysis
o in a legal context
o creatively to complex situations in order to provide arguable solutions to concrete problems by presenting a range of viable options from a set of facts and law.
think critically and make critical judgments on the relative and absolute merits of particular arguments and solutions
act independently in planning and undertaking tasks in areas of law which he or she has already studied
reflect on his or her own learning, and to seek and make use of feedback
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 2 lectures per week, 10 tutorials
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Ken Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 2015
Course secretaryMrs Susan Leask
Tel: (0131 6)50 2344
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