LAWS205-18W (C) Whole Year 2018

Land Law

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 7 September 2018


The history and principles of land law.

Land Law is one of the compulsory "core" subjects of the Law course.  The primary aims of the course are:
•  To develop your understanding of the main concepts and principles of Land Law in New Zealand, including some introduction to equitable concepts;  
•  To develop your skills in applying these concepts and principles to solve problems.

Like other courses in the Law School, Land Law aims to develop skills considered important for lawyers, whether or not you choose to enter private legal practice.  These skills include capacity to:
•  read and interpret legislation
•  read and analyse cases
•  solve problems by reasoned analysis
•  put forward arguments clearly and persuasively
•  evaluate critically existing legal principles and institutions.

Please note:  Related courses - LAWS393 Advanced Land Law, (offered every alternate year, and will be offered in 2017); LAWS376 Resource Management Act 1991: Selected Issues, which is offered each year; LAWS314 Environmental Law, Policy and Society; and LAWS319 Environmental Law, Conservation and the Public Interest.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


Timetable Note

Tutorials in LAW 205 will be held according to the timetable you will be given at the start of Term One.  Enrolment in Tutorials will be advised via email closer to the start of the course.

Course Coordinator / Lecturers

Elizabeth Toomey and Toni Collins


David Round and Elizabeth Macpherson

Dr Toni Collins is the Course Co-ordinator for Semester One, 2018; Professor Elizabeth Toomey is the Course Co-ordinator for Semester Two, 2018.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test 26 Apr 2018 25%
Essay 29 Mar 2018 10%
Tutorial Attendance 5%
Final Examination 60%

The course may be assessed by way of a test, a compulsory essay and a final examination.  The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Do not buy New Zealand Land Law (2009).

A new text book (2017) will be released by December 2017.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,580.00

International fee $7,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 250

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS205 Occurrences

  • LAWS205-18W (C) Whole Year 2018