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    An exposure to wider issues of land tenure, land administration, land registration and cadastral surveying in the national and international arena.

    Very broadly, land tenure is the relationship between people and land - a relationship that bridges the gap between surveying and other disciplines, such as anthropology and the social sciences. This paper looks at a broad spectrum of land tenure issues ranging from boundaries to ways of securing rights in land, informal settlement (squatting) and community-based natural resource management. As the world population continues to climb, further pressure is being exerted on land, and an understanding of land tenure is increasingly important in poverty alleviation, housing provision and food security. Land tenure is a field in which wisdom and careful judgement is needed as well as knowledge. This paper also provides an overview of issues that can affect land tenure and the work of surveyors in post conflict countries. Particular focus will be given to indigenous lands rights.

    About this paper

    Paper title Land Tenure 3
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0.1334
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,206.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    216 points
    SURV 426, SURV 556
    Recommended Preparation
    SURV 306 or SURV 316
    Schedule C
    May not be credited together with SURV427 passed before 2005.
    Although SURV 306 forms an ideal preparation for SURV 456, it is not a requirement.

    Dr Francesca Marzatico

    Teaching staff

    Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Francesca Marzatico

    Paper Structure
    The paper explores a spectrum of land tenure issues including:
    • Boundaries
    • Securing and documenting rights in land
    • Land tenure types
    • Communal tenure
    • Informal settlement and land invasion
    • Adjudication
    • Fragmentation and multiple ownership
    • Community-based natural resource management
    • Credit
    • Voluntary land tenure guidelines
    • Land administration
    • Property markets and leasing
    • Treaty making
    • Case studies from other countries
    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper is offered in the second semester of alternate years, with the next course being offered in 2025. Teaching is by way of lectures, tutorials on topical land tenure issues and through students sharing their own findings on countries with land tenure and cadastral systems dissimilar to that of New Zealand. Students complete an in-depth study on these countries and, towards the end of the semester, present these country projects to the rest of the class.

    The paper is internally assessed. 


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    Improvements to land tenure systems are best done with an awareness of alternative models and wider global issues, and this paper provides knowledge and skills that should help graduates to take their place as players in the land tenure consultancies both within New Zealand and internationally.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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