Equity And Trusts - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment (25%) , Case Study (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00
International 4,570.00

This unit 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.

Upon successful completion of this unit 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 Equity and Trusts principles.
  • Assignment (25%)
  • Case Study (25%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
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Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1History and nature of equity
2Breach of confidence
3Fiduciary obligations and participatory liability
4Assignments in equity
5Equitable property rights
6Trusts: nature and classification
7Creation of express trusts
8Statutory formalities
9Trust certainties
10Trusts and powers
11Charitable trusts
12Trustees: duties and defences
13Trustees: rights
14Beneficiaries: rights/remedies

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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