Property II

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 2
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
School of Law

Module overview

This is the second, more advanced Property module that you are required to study. It can only be taken after studying Common Law, Equitable and Comparative Property 1 and builds upon the concepts, mechanisms and substantive interests considered in that course, addressing the more complex proprietary relationships that arise in this context.

The module consequently focuses on the often conflicting interests that arise within property relationships in the context of the substative intersts considered last year, primarily in the area of trusts and real property but also extending to historical abuses of the concept.

The set texts for both modules remain the two titles in CUP Law in Context series you were required to purchase last year: Graham Moffat's Trusts Law and Clarke & Kohler's Property Law which are both available via the SOAS bookshop.


Students taking this module must also have taken and passed:

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Have a systematic understanding of the key aspects of Property Law, including knowledge of contemporary debates and leading scholarship in the field
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different methods used in analysing and arguing about Property Law and critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field
  • Have developed the conceptual tools to develop and defend arguments or solve problems using the key argumentative and methodological techniques within the field
  • Be able to engage with cutting edge scholarship and debates in the field of Property Law and appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of both the key rules and principles in the field, and their own understanding of them
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly material and primary sources relevant to the field
  • Have the ability to apply the methods and techniques that they learn to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding of the field
  • Be able to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions and concepts, to make judgements and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution (or suggest a range of solutions) to a problem
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate their understanding of Property Law to both specialist and non-s audiences
  • They will have also gained a number of transferable skills necessary for employment, including: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making in complex contexts and the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


  • Weekly 2 hour lecture
  • 1 hour tutorial (please see syllabus for details of when tutorials are scheduled)

Method of assessment

  • Coursework: 20% (2000 words)
  • Unseen written exam: 80%

Suggested reading

  • Pearce & Stevens’ Trust and Equitable Obligations, 7th edition (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • Martin Dixon, Modern Land Law, 11th edition (Routledge, 2018)


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.