Course Title: Equity

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Equity

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Belinda Clarence

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 5560

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisites:
054012 Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World

054017 Contract Law
054907 Advanced Principles of Contract Law


054029 Property Law 

Course Description

This course covers the principles of equity. The course covers principles such as the obligation of confidence, fiduciary obligation, assignment in equity and equitable property, defences and remedies. The rights of beneficiaries will also be covered. The course will offer you a sound knowledge of the core principles of equity and how this relate to other areas of the law.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO1: Critique the broad theoretical basis, and historical origins, of equity and its social context;

CLO2: Research and evaluate the relationships between equity and the common law; and between equity and statute, including equitable principles in property and contract law;

CLO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the distinction between equitable doctrines and equitable remedies;

CLO4: Evaluate the equitable doctrines about unconscionable dealings;

CLO5: Evaluate the range of equitable remedies and defences,

CLO6: Apply the rules about equitable assurances and assignments;

CLO7: Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences, and collaborate effectively.


Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, participation through in-class and online activities, legal writing exercises, collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects, and a final examination.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies/Canvas. These include seminar slides, assessment details, links to relevant internet information, readings and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: 20% Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 5   Assessment Task 2: 30% Linked CLOs: 2, 4, 6, 7   Assessment Task 3: 50% Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6