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Property Law Honours LAW4125

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course allows students to build upon their understanding of property law through a critical analysis of the key principles and themes of this area, focusing particularly on areas of conflict and current developments.


Weekly seminar of 2 hours duration during semesters 1 and 2. 15 seminars in total

Requirements of Entry

Property Law (Level 2)

Excluded Courses





1. A summative essay (3000 words) - 30% of final assessment

2. Exam (3 hour) - 70% of final assessment

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

■ To develop a critical understanding of aspects of Scots property law

■ To introduce historical, social and comparative theories which impact on evolving legal understanding of key concepts including ownership, transfer, title conditions, trusts and the role of human rights

■ To allow detailed examination of issues of current conflict in this area including proposals for reform

■ To encourage critical analysis of the principles and practice of property law

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand, describe and debate the theoretical and doctrinal basis of Scottish property law 

■ Describe and critically evaluate areas of substantive property law 

■ Explain and critically assess the role of human rights in a property law context 

■ Summarise and critique law reform efforts in relation to property law


Skills ILOs

■ Enhance written and oral communication skills through class discussion, oral presentation and assessed written work

■ Develop critical reflection of set texts including legal sources and commentary

■ Demonstrate ability to independently research a set topic and present findings in a structured, analytical manner

■ Enhance problem solving skills

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.