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Postgraduate Course: Comparative Property Law (LAWS11240)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an advanced level course on the law of property. It will examine the treatment of key areas within this subject, in particular ownership and limited real rights. Both moveable and immoveable property will be considered. The approach adopted will be comparative and reference will be made throughout to other jurisdictions. This will include continental Europe and the USA as well as other mixed legal systems such as Louisiana and South Africa. Fundamental conceptual structures will be compared, as well as specific problems, with a view to illuminating not only differences but also the common features of those systems. Recent initiatives to harmonise property law in Europe will be considered, in particular the Draft Common Frame of Reference.

The course is designed mainly for those students who have already studied the law of property in their own system. Those who have not may still apply for a place in the course, but they should be aware that additional study may be required.
Course description See above.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2500-word essay (30%) and one 5000-word essay (70%)
Feedback Feedback will be provided on the essays
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical knowledge and understanding of the law of property;
  2. An appreciation of the comparative approach to legal study;
  3. An ability to comment critically and engage in debate on the issues examined;
  4. Problem-solving skills in formulating solutions to the problems considered.
Reading List
Preliminary reading: M Graziadei and L Smith (eds), Comparative Property Law: Global Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2018)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsproperty law; common law; land registration; ownership
Course organiserDr Andrew Steven
Tel: (0131 6)50 2037
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002
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