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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3017C: Land Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr William White (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


The law relating to land (so-called ‘real’ property) inescapably shapes social relationships – but at its heart lies a tension: although we all need access to land in order to live, some of the fundamental and arguably central mechanisms within land law revolve around the power to exclude others. This gives often unquestioned credence to the notion that private property is ‘normal’ property.

On this module, you will study fundamental principles and doctrines that underpin land law. You will scrutinise various rights and estates that arise in registered and unregistered land, and consider the extent to which those interests might impact third party purchasers. Throughout the module, you will encouraged to look beyond the wording of the rules and consider them in social and political context.

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