LL105      Half Unit
Property I

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Luke Mcdonagh


This course is compulsory on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

The aim is to introduce students to the role of property concepts in legal and social thought. Particular attention is paid to the context, development and function of property forms in contemporary legal systems. The course encompasses a broad range of established and emergent property forms, ranging from questions of copyright, data and shared ownership to aspects of land and real property. Extensive use will be made of historical and other general commentaries on the question of property.


This course will have a minimum of two hours of teaching content each week in Lent Term in the form of an online lecture and one hour class. This course includes a reading week in Weeks 6 of Lent Term.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce one piece of work in the LT.

Indicative reading

All of the recommended cases and journal articles are available in electronic form and additional materials will be made available on the Moodle site which supports this course. A detailed reading list will be provided for the course, but the following textbooks are indicative: Davies, Property:  Meanings, Histories, Theories; Murphy & Roberts, Understanding Property Law; Karapapa and McDonagh, Intellectual Property Law.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2020/21: 230

Average class size 2020/21: 15

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills