Course Title: Trusts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Trusts

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Belinda Clarence

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 5560

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13, Level 2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisites:
054029 Property Law
054019 Equity

Course Description

This course covers the core principles of the law of trusts including the nature and classification of trusts, express trusts, trusts certainties, charitable trusts as well as the duties and rights of trustees. The rights of beneficiaries will also be covered. The course will offer you a sound knowledge of the core principles of trusts and how this relates to other areas of the law.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO1: Critically engage with the role of trusts in a broader societal context;

CLO2: Evaluate when a fiduciary relationship arises and the obligations of a fiduciary;

CLO3: Demonstrate understanding of the role of equity in developing the trust; the rules for creating trusts; the various types of trust; the obligations, powers and rights of trustees; and the rights of beneficiaries;

CLO4: Apply the range of equitable remedies and defences; and remedies and defences for breach of trust.


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: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4