LW2LND-Land Law

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: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Rosemary Auchmuty

Email: R.Auchmuty@reading.ac.uk

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
•Creation and transfer of interests in land
•Registered land
•Leases and leasehold covenants
•Land obligations (easements and freehold covenants)

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 Summer
Lectures 10 14
Tutorials 3 3
Guided independent study 87 83
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A 3-hour examination in which students answer one compulsory essay question and two problem questions from a choice of five. The essay question will test students’ understanding of policy considerations and values underpinning Land Law. The problem questions will test students’ ability to apply the law to fact situations, and to write clearly-argued answers to questions under pressure and within time constraints, without resources to hand. (100%)

Formative assessment methods:
A mock exam.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor 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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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:
    Three hours

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resit exam in August

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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