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An introduction to the principles and legal concepts that apply to the built environment professions and how this law develops and changes. The subject covers:
- the fundamentals of common law;
- liability in tort law for injury or loss caused to other people or their property;
- legally binding contracts, their terms, obligations and breaches. These concepts extend into construction contracts, standard forms of contract, liabilities, litigation and arbitration;
- concepts of property and ownership in Australia. The legal nature of land, improvements, fixtures and chattels, land registration systems and encumbrances. Co-ownership: subdivision, joint tenancy in common. licenses and leases. occupier's liability;
- planning law;
- environmental law;
- intellectual property covering copyright, patents and consultancy issues.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Have a sound general understanding of the principles and legal concepts of common law and tort law;
- Be aware of the different forms of construction contracts and the characteristic features and differences between each;
- Understand the land tenure systems in Australia including ownerships, subdivisions and property leasing arrangements;
- Be familiar with planning and environmental laws, the implementation systems and adoption by the professions;
- Have a basic understanding of ownership rights with respect to intellectual property.
On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- the capacity to analyse a range of legal environmental frameworks;
- the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
- ability to find and apply legal principles within the environment professions.
Last updated: 3 November 2022