Teaching Property Law in Australia in the Twenty-First Century: What we do Now, What Should we do in the Future?

21 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2012

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Penny Carruthers

The University of Western Australia Law School

Natalie Skead

The University of Western Australia Law School

Kate Galloway

Bond University; James Cook University

Date Written: November 22, 2012

Abstract

The teaching of property law has a particularly important — perhaps even central — role in forming the mind-set not just of the law student, but also of the lawyer, and, in some degree, of the thoughtful and responsible citizen. The teaching of property law implants tremendously structural features in the mind of the student, and here can be included rigour of thought and analysis, the capacity for abstract manipulation of complex ideas, and some sense of the workability of entire bodies of statutory machinery. It is in property law that consciously or unconsciously the student learns a basic competence in a number of skills which are of immense importance in later life. Indeed, most of the classic dilemmas of private law are here - all human life is here, if we only choose to look.’ (K Gray, ‘The Teaching of Property Law’, in P Birks (Ed), Examining the Law Syllabus: The Core, Oxford University Press, 1992, p 15.

Keywords: property law, teaching

Suggested Citation

Carruthers, Penny and Skead, Natalie and Galloway, Kate, Teaching Property Law in Australia in the Twenty-First Century: What we do Now, What Should we do in the Future? (November 22, 2012). UWA Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2012-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2179329 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2179329

Penny Carruthers (Contact Author)

The University of Western Australia Law School ( email )

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Australia

Natalie Skead

The University of Western Australia Law School ( email )

M253
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

Kate Galloway

Bond University ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

James Cook University ( email )

Cairns, Queensland 4878
Australia

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