Land Law

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Land Law

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: School of Law
    Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites: Restricted to LLB students
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Prof Nick Hopkins
    Summary module description:
    to examine the nature, scope, creation and enforceability of rights, both legal and equitable, in land;
    to encourage students to see property law in its historical, social and philosophical contexts.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    Students who pass this module will be able to:
    demonstrate an understanding of the significance of legal and equitable property rights in the context of land;
    demonstrate a knowledge of the nature, scope, creation and enforceability of such rights;
    evaluate some key land law concepts;
    identify the relevant law applicable to straightforward factual situations in and law;
    apply the relevant law in those situations so as to reach clear and supportable conclusions
    Additional outcomes:
    this module will also encourage the development more generally of
    analytical skills
    problem-solving skills
    Outline content:
    ? Historical and conceptual foundations of land law
    ? Registered land
    ? Leases and leasehold covenants
    ? Mortgages
    ? Land obligations (easements and freehold covenants)
    ? Creation and transfer of interests in land
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    There are 30 lectures and 6 tutorials spread across the Autumn and Spring terms. One piece of non-assessed coursework in the autumn term will assist students in essay-writing technique.
    Contact hours:
    Autumn Spring
    Lectures 16 14
    Tutorials 3 3
    Guided independent study 81 83
    Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
    Total hours for module 200.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 70
    Written assignment including essay 30
    Other information on summative assessment:
    One assessed essay, no longer than 5 pages in length, formatted in accordance with the School of Law?s Assessed Work Rules, submitted in the Spring term. The essay question will test students? understanding of policy considerations and values underpinning Land Law. (30%)
    An examination in which students answer three questions from a choice of six. The exam will contains two essay questions and four problem questions. The essay questions will test students? understanding of policy considerations and values underpinning Land Law. Problem questions test students? ability to apply the law to fact situations. Essays and problems test the ability to write clearly-argued answers to questions under pressure and within time constraints, without resources to hand. (70%)
    Students are not required to answer an essay question on the exam, but students? understanding of the policy considerations and values is tested in the assessed essay.
    Formative assessment methods:
    One essay question. This gives practice for assessed essay.
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    Two hours and 30 minutes
    Requirements for a pass:
    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination and/or submission of a new piece of coursework in August/September. Only a failed element need be re-taken; a mark for the passed element can be carried forward.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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