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).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Correctly identify, succinctly describe and analyse the equitable concepts, doctrines and remedies studied in the course;
- Synthesise complex information, critically evaluate and theorise Equity’s concepts, doctrinal content and judicial methods;
- 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.
- Through independent research, investigate and critically reflect on the theoretical and doctrinal material studied in the course;
- 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.
- Online course engagement tasks (10) [LO 1]
- Short writing task (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research essay (70) [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 three contact hours per week.
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