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    An undergraduate course in Law.

Law: ownership and trusteeship: rights and responsibilities

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This course examines the Foundations of Legal Knowledge in land law, equity and trusts. It considers the legal definition of land; the meaning of land ownership; how unregistered and registered titles to land are proved; and rules relating to trusts of land. You’ll also explore co-ownership and rights that can be acquired by third parties over land, including easements, covenants and mortgages – covering freehold and leasehold estates. Under equity and trusts you’ll consider ownership and transfer of property; the creation of trusts over property; rules relating to specific trusts including charities; discretionary and implied trusts; and the powers, duties and roles of trustees and fiduciaries. The course deals principally with the law of England and Wales.

Modules at Level 3 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.

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This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2018.
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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

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This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2018.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

This Level 3 course is intended for students who already have a good knowledge of the English legal system and method, building on the knowledge and skills developed in Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law (W100), Understanding law (W200), Law: the individual and the state (W201) and Law: agreements, rights and responsibilities (W300). It covers two of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge: (1) Land Law and (2) Equity and Trusts.

The course tries to ensure that you can appreciate and deal with any overlap between the two subjects. It will enable you to:

  • understand the legal definition of land
  • appreciate what is meant by ownership of land and the problems caused by shared ownership of land
  • explain how ownership of land is transferred from one person to another, under both the unregistered and registered systems of ownership
  • recognise the situations where land will be held under a trust and how that trust will operate
  • identify rights – easements, covenants, licences and mortgages – which a person can exercise over someone else’s land and the precise nature of these rights
  • appreciate the nature of leasehold property
  • appreciate how various types of property are owned and transferred
  • appreciate what constitutes a valid trust
  • recognise the role of trusts in family wills, lifetime gifts and also in commercial fields
  • identify the detailed rules relating to specific trusts such as charitable trusts, resulting and constructive trusts and discretionary trusts
  • appreciate the office of trustee
  • identify the powers and duties of trustees and the relevance of fiduciary duties to company directors, partners and others
  • appreciate the remedies which are available against trustees and other fiduciaries
  • apply the legal concepts encountered to factual scenarios, developing skills of analysis and problem-solving.

In addition to knowledge and understanding the course will provide you with an opportunity to develop subject specific and general study skills suitable for study at Level 3. These include the ability to:

  • assimilate and organise extensive factual and legal material, and present a reasoned, coherent and personal view
  • devise a strategy for resolving issues by application of legal principles
  • evaluate and make critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments
  • formulate and construct a reasoned response to complex and conflicting opinions
  • access, comprehend and use paper based and online legal resources
  • perform directed research tasks, select relevant issues for research and devise a strategy for researching a topic.

Entry

This is a Level 3 course. Level 3 courses build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at Levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably with the OU.

This course will be a good choice if you have taken Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law (W100), Understanding law (W200), Law: the individual and the state (W201) and Law: agreements, rights and responsibilities (W300) and intend to obtain a qualifying law degree, or if you have studied the law before, have an up-to-date knowledge of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge and want to develop your understanding. This could be either out of general interest or because some legal knowledge would be useful in your work.

The course assumes that you already have knowledge and understanding of the law, particularly the Foundations of Legal Knowledge, and we strongly advise you to study W100, W200, W201 and W300 first. 

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Outside the UK

Please note that this course is only concerned with the law of England and Wales.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

The written study material is available in a comb-bound format and written transcripts are available for the audio-visual material. The study materials (excluding text books) may be available on CD-ROM in Adobe (PDF) format. Some components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. You will need to spend time using a personal computer and the internet. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Course books, other printed materials and access to certain legal databases.
The study materials are updated annually, but it may be necessary to update during your study of the course if there is a major (and unexpected) change to the law.

You will need

This course may offer online tutorials in the future, in which case you will need a headset with a microphone and earphones to take part.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will be allocated a tutor who will give you guidance on your work, and who will offer academic support wherever possible. Your tutor will assess and give feedback on your course assignments. There will be a research day, involving the use of a law library and electronic resources to carry out legal research exercises in Land Law and Equity. It will be held at one of the College of Law’s branches. We expect to offer group tutorials which may be face to face or, in some sparsely populated areas may be offered online. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the course. Although you are not obliged to attend any of these, you are strongly encouraged to take part. 

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Professional recognition

This course can contribute to a degree that is recognised as a qualifying law degree. The degree is acceptable for completing the academic stage of training as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales, as long as you comply with the requirements of the Professional Bodies. You can view or download our Recognition leaflet 3.13 Law for further information. 

There are different entry regulations into the legal professions in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. You should read the Recognition leaflet as it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet these requirements.

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in February 2014. We expect it to be available again in October 2014. We then expect it to be available once a year, in October.

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Students who studied this course also studied at some time:

How to register

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Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information read Distance learning explained.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code W301
Credits 60
OU Level 3
SCQF level 10
FHEQ level 6
Course work includes:
6 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
Examination
No residential school

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