Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2014 (Day)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit gives students an understanding of the historical significance of the doctrine of equity. It will examine the increasing use by the courts of equitable doctrines in the areas of breach of confidence, fiduciary duties, unconscionable dealing, and in the development of legal remedies.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. acquired an understanding of the significance of equitable doctrines and principles in the contemporary Australian legal system
  2. acquired the ability to identify the potential application of equitable doctrines within factual situations which arise in legal practice
  3. developed the ability to argue persuasively for or against the application of appropriate equitable doctrines in cases where the applicability of such doctrine may not be settled
  4. further developed skills in case law analysis.


Research essay (2,500 - 3,000 words): 30%
Final examination (2 hours plus reading time): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Joyce (Trimester 1)
Ms Alicia Wright (Trimester 2)
Dr Susan Barkehall-Thomas (Trimester 3)

Workload requirements

2.5 hours per week x 12 weeks


LAW7212 or LAW7470, LAW7265 or LAW7428 and LAW7429



LAW4169, LAW4201