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LAWS3162 Home Ownership

Module Overview

This module considers a range of issues associated with home ownership the growth of which has been a defining feature of socio-economic policy throughout the 20th century and continues to dominate housing policy into the 21st century. To reflect the dynamic and changing nature of home ownership within contemporary society the module will be structured around a number of core of issues which will be further explored and illustrated by selected current debates surrounding home ownership that may vary from year to year.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

By the end of this module you should be able to: • explain the core legal framework for the regulation of home ownership; • critically evaluate the role of home ownership within socio-economic policy; and • use a range of primary and secondary sources to advance a coherent and comprehensible argument exploring the contemporary challenges within home ownership.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the application of your understanding of the core legal foundations to construct the framework of legal regulation of home ownership
  • the role of home ownership within housing and broader socio-economic policy
  • contemporary challenges and debates within home ownership.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop your legal skills in identifying, analyse and synthesise a range of legal materials from a number of differing sources to comprehend the legal structure and social significance of home ownership.
  • demonstrate critical awareness and appreciation of, the impact of home ownership upon a range of contemporary issues.
  • produce effectively reasoned and structured responses to a given statement or proposition, which are adequately supported by reference to legal authority
  • communicate in writing an understanding of home ownership and its role within contemporary society through the formulation of effective argument with clear and accurate use of language and legal terminology and demonstrating an appreciation of academic integrity.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse, interpret and evaluate complex material
  • formulate an effective comprehensible reasoned and structured argument


The Core Issues to be considered within the module: • The concept of home within home ownership • The evolving role of home ownership within housing policy; • The legal structure of home ownership from freeholds to long leases; • The financing of home ownership from regulated mortgage contracts to shared ownership; • The protection of home ownership through human rights. A selection of the Current Debates which may be considered in the module: • Home ownership, the neighbours and community; • The home and divorce; • Violence in the home; • The home and funding social care; • The home and inheritance.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching programme comprises 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars. Teaching methods include • Compilation of source material for suggested preparatory learning activities. • Seminars of tutor led discussion structured around the suggested preparatory learning activities. • Tutors feedback on learning activities including seminar discussion and formative assessment. Learning activities include • Directed reading assisted by tutor-complied research sources. • Researching sources from primary sources of legislation, case law to secondary sources of books, journals and policy papers. • Reviewing, selecting, synthesising and evaluating complex material. • Developing knowledge of, and ability to explain orally and in writing, the principles of substantive law and key policy objectives surrounding contemporary issues in home ownership through seminar preparation and discussion and formative and summative assessment. • Formulating and presenting, in both oral and written form, comprehensible reasoned and structured critical and evaluative argument through seminar preparation and discussion and formative and summative assessment. • Participating in constructive oral group discussion and debate. • Managing time, independent research and writing for formative and summative assessment.

Follow-up work10
Completion of assessment task50
Wider reading or practice10
Preparation for scheduled sessions60
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Cowan, Fox O’Mahony & Cobbe. Great Debates in Property Law. 

Fox O’Mahony. Home Equity and Ageing Owners. 

McFarlane, Hopkins and Nield. Land Law – Text, Cases and Materials. 

Fox O’Mahony. Conceptualising Home. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Cost implications associated with this module is the purchase of the text books. In February 2016 the cost of new print copies of these were as follows McFarlane, Hopkins and Nield Land Law – Text, Cases and Materials (OUP, current edition) Cowan, Fox O’Mahony & Cobbe, Great Debates in Property Law (Palgrave Macmillan, current edition) Fox O’Mahony Conceptualising Home (Hart, current edition) Fox O’Mahony Home Equity and Ageing Owners (Hart, current edition). You may already have bought relevant texts in your study of core modules or other optional modules.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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