Course Title: Equity and Trusts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Equity and Trusts

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Professor John Glover

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3249

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of the law relating to equity and trusts. It first examines the history and nature of equity, the nature and creation of equitable interests and equitable priorities and. Relationships of trust are examined, as well as unconscionable conduct, assignments, estoppel, equitable property rights, the institution of the trust, trust classification, trust constitution, statutory formalities applicable to trusts, certainties of intention, trust property and object, trustees’ rights and duties, beneficiaries’ rights and equitable remedies generally. Students are given the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further studies in the Juris Doctor.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of Equity and Trust principles
  2. Analyse and research complex problems relating to Equity and Trust principles
  3. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive skills in approaching legal issues relating to Equity and Trusts and generate appropriate responses
  4. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues relating to Equity and Trusts principles.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the course objectives you will be required to participate in various learning activities. These activities will include class discussions, leading discussions, research using traditional and digital databases, sourcing, case studies, problem solving, producing written work, collaborating with peers and presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.