170 Property

Property rights have been at the very heart of human development in the past centuries. On one hand, property has been viewed as the basis for liberty and economic development. On the other hand, as Proudhon said, property is just another word for theft. With these questions in mind, we will cover the conventional areas of a basic property course, but with additional materials on international and comparative law. We will begin with an inquiry into how members of a society allocate, and should allocate, formal and informal entitlements to scarce resources, primarily land but also water, data, and even wild animals. Through the course we will explore various forms of private property and also alternative regimes such as communal and state property. We will also explore the role of property rights in addressing various challenges human beings are facing today: How to reform eminent domain institutions and land use regulations to make cities more liveable? Are property rights the key to economic prosperity and political freedom in the U.S. and worldwide? At the core of property is the boundary and interaction between individual dominion and state sovereignty, which we will examine in both conventional (such as land) and unconventional (such as data) settings.

Course Areas of Practice
Evaluation Methods
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Degree Requirements
Course Type
  • Lecture
Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law

Spring 2022

2022
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.02 4
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Kathryn Webb Bradley MWTh 11:00-12:15 PM

Property rights have been at the very heart of human development in the past centuries. On one hand, property has been viewed as the basis for liberty and economic development. On the other hand, as Proudhon said, property is just another word for theft. With these questions in mind, we will cover the conventional areas of a basic property course, but with additional materials on international and comparative law. We will begin with an inquiry into how members of a society allocate, and should allocate, formal and informal entitlements to scarce resources, primarily land but also water, data, and even wild animals. Through the course we will explore various forms of private property and also alternative regimes such as communal and state property. We will also explore the role of property rights in addressing various challenges human beings are facing today: How to reform eminent domain institutions and land use regulations to make cities more liveable? Are property rights the key to economic prosperity and political freedom in the U.S. and worldwide? At the core of property is the boundary and interaction between individual dominion and state sovereignty, which we will examine in both conventional (such as land) and unconventional (such as data) settings.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.03 4
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Shitong Qiao MWTh 11:00-12:15 PM

Property rights have been at the very heart of human development in the past centuries. On one hand, property has been viewed as the basis for liberty and economic development. On the other hand, as Proudhon said, property is just another word for theft. With these questions in mind, we will cover the conventional areas of a basic property course, but with additional materials on international and comparative law. We will begin with an inquiry into how members of a society allocate, and should allocate, formal and informal entitlements to scarce resources, primarily land but also water, data, and even wild animals. Through the course we will explore various forms of private property and also alternative regimes such as communal and state property. We will also explore the role of property rights in addressing various challenges human beings are facing today: How to reform eminent domain institutions and land use regulations to make cities more liveable? Are property rights the key to economic prosperity and political freedom in the U.S. and worldwide? At the core of property is the boundary and interaction between individual dominion and state sovereignty, which we will examine in both conventional (such as land) and unconventional (such as data) settings.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.04 4
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Jonathan B. Wiener MWTh 11:00-12:15 PM

Property rights have been at the very heart of human development in the past centuries. On one hand, property has been viewed as the basis for liberty and economic development. On the other hand, as Proudhon said, property is just another word for theft. With these questions in mind, we will cover the conventional areas of a basic property course, but with additional materials on international and comparative law. We will begin with an inquiry into how members of a society allocate, and should allocate, formal and informal entitlements to scarce resources, primarily land but also water, data, and even wild animals. Through the course we will explore various forms of private property and also alternative regimes such as communal and state property. We will also explore the role of property rights in addressing various challenges human beings are facing today: How to reform eminent domain institutions and land use regulations to make cities more liveable? Are property rights the key to economic prosperity and political freedom in the U.S. and worldwide? At the core of property is the boundary and interaction between individual dominion and state sovereignty, which we will examine in both conventional (such as land) and unconventional (such as data) settings.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Fall 2021

2021
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.01 4
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Barak D. Richman Tu/Th 8:55 AM-10:45 AM 3043

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Spring 2021

2021
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.01 4
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Kathryn Webb Bradley MWTh 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.03 4
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Jonathan B. Wiener MWTh 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Spring 2020

2020
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.01 4.5
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Kathryn Webb Bradley MWTh 2:00-3:25 pm* 3037

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.02 4.5
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Christopher H. Schroeder MWTh 3:35-5 pm 3043

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.03 4.5
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Jonathan B. Wiener MWTh 2-3:25 pm 3037

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Spring 2019

2019
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.02 4.5
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Barak D. Richman MWTh 2:00-3:25 PM 3043

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.03 4.5
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Christopher H. Schroeder MWTh 2:00-3:25 PM 3037

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Fall 2018

2018
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.01 4.5
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Jedediah Purdy MWTh 3:35-5:00 PM 3043

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Spring 2018

2018
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.02 4.5
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Barak D. Richman MWTh 10:55-12:20 PM 3043

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.03 4.5
  • Final Exam
  • Class participation
Christopher H. Schroeder MWTh 4:00-5:25 PM 3043

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Fall 2017

2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.01 4.5
  • Variable by section
Jedediah Purdy MWTh 2:00-3:25 PM 3043

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Spring 2017

2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.02 4.5
  • Variable by section
Joseph Blocher M/WTh M 3:30-4:50 PM/ WTh 3:15-4:35 PM 4047

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.03 4.5
  • Variable by section
Christopher H. Schroeder M/WTh M 3:30-4:50 PM/ WTh 3:15-4:35 PM 3037

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Fall 2016

2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.01 4.5
  • Variable by section
Barak D. Richman MWTh 9:30-10:51 AM 3037

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None

Spring 2016

2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

170.01 4.5 Joseph Blocher MWTh 11:00-12:20 PM 3037

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.02 4.5 Christopher H. Schroeder MWTh 1:45-3:05 PM 3037

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None

170.03 4.5 Taisu Zhang MWTh 1:45-3:05 PM 3043

A study of the law of property, its objectives and its institutions. This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.

Degree Requirements
Pre/Co-requisites
None

*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.