Summer Session 2015-16 lec > subject pages > equity

Equity, which includes the law of trusts, considers the historical origins and development of the equitable jurisdiction, equitable doctrines and the nature and creation of trusts.

The emphasis in the course will be on developing an understanding of the principles of equity and their practical application.  In this respect cases will be discussed and studied, but primarily as examples of the application of principle, and as a means of understanding particular principles, rather than as an end in themselves.  Students are expected to identify and grasp the equitable issues arising in a given set of facts and, also, how a court exercising an equitable jurisdiction would deal with those issues in applying the principles discussed in the course to grant or refuse relief.

At the conclusion of the Equity course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the key principles of equity and trusts law;
  • Select equitable principles applicable to a given set of facts;
  • Apply key principles of equity and trusts to factual scenarios;
  • Draw conclusions regarding the likely outcome of applying equitable principles to problems;
  • Compare and contrast the common law and equity in Australia; and
  • Reflect on the application of equitable principles to real world situations.



Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.








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