• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Pauline Ridge
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2020
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The traditional meaning of ‘Equity’ refers to the concepts, doctrines and remedies that originated in the English Court of Chancery before 1874. This course goes further and focuses upon the modern role of Equity by exploring how its concepts, doctrines and remedies are manifested across Australian private and public law, including in legislation. It also examines judicial methods characteristic of Equity. The course provides in-depth consideration of concepts, doctrines and remedies that are not generally studied at undergraduate level. The course also considers fundamental questions concerning judicial method, the organisation of private law, and the rule of law. The law will be covered from doctrinal and theoretical perspectives with emphasis upon topics that are the subject of recent litigation, public debate or academic scholarship. The course will cover seven broad topics (the content of which may vary):

• Equitable concepts (eg: conscience; the fiduciary principle; the trust; charity);

• Equity and contract (eg: relief against forfeiture; penalties; subrogation);

• Equity’s protection of relationships of trust and confidence (eg: trusts; fiduciary relationships; confidential information);

• Equity and statute (eg: consumer law; Torrens systems; corporations law; charity law; Lord Cairns Act);

• Equity and procedure (eg: subrogation; injunctions);

• Equitable method (eg: judgment in the round; remedial discretion);

• Equity in context (eg: relationship to unjust enrichment).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Correctly identify, succinctly describe and analyse the equitable concepts, doctrines and remedies studied in the course;
  2. Synthesise complex information, critically evaluate and theorise Equity’s concepts, doctrinal content and judicial methods;
  3. Critically analyse, evaluate and apply equitable concepts, doctrines and remedies to a complex legal and/or public policy question and effectively advise a client, court or policy-maker on its resolution.
  4. Through independent research, investigate and critically reflect on the theoretical and doctrinal material studied in the course;
  5. Plan and execute the outcomes of independent research and critically reflect on the theoretical and doctrinal material in an extended piece of writing that complies with the conventions of scholarly writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online course engagement tasks (30) [LO 1]
  2. Short writing task (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Rresearch essay (50) [LO 4,5]

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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses or five 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL). Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6659 29 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020 24 Jul 2020 02 Oct 2020 Online View

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