Unit description

Provides the opportunity to research and analyse the development of equity and examine equitable doctrine including fiduciary obligations, duty of confidence, assignments and equitable interests. Students will also have the opportunity to research and analyse key legal principles relating to express, resulting and constructive trusts.

Unit content

Topic 1 The history and nature of equity
Topic 2 Fiduciary duties
Topic 3 Duty of confidence
Topic 4 Equitable estates and interests
Topic 5 Law of assignments
Topic 6 Introduction to trusts
Topic 7 Creation of express trusts
Topic 8 Variation and termination of express trusts
Topic 9 Duties, powers and rights of trustees
Topic 10 Resulting trusts
Topic 11 Constructive trusts
Topic 12 Equitable remedies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Dal Pont, GE, 2015, Equity and Trusts: Commentary and Materials , 6th edn, Thomson Lawbook Co. ISBN: 978-0-455-235073.
  • Radan, P & Stewart, C, 2016, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts, 3rd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths. ISBN: 978-0-409-34043-3.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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