Equity and Trusts

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Equity and Trusts

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: School of Law
    Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites: Restricted to LLB students
    Modules excluded: LW3EQT Law of Trusts and Principles of Equity
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Nowrin Tamanna
    Email: n.tamanna@reading.ac.uk
    Summary module description:
    The course begins with an examination of the main principles and doctrines of equity, as well as, equitable remedies. It then deals with the main rules applying to express private trusts. Next it looks at trust administration followed by resulting and constructive trust principles. We then turn to an examination of public or charitable trusts, noting the position of non-charitable purpose trusts.
    ? To introduce the fundamental concepts and basic remedies of Equity
    ? To examine the main principles of Express Private Trusts, Administration of Trusts, Resulting and Constructive Trusts, and Charitable and Purpose Trusts.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    Students who pass this module will be able to
    ? Describe the main principles of equity
    ? demonstrate an understanding of the main principles governing different types of private and charitable trusts
    ? show a basic grasp of the principal remedies of equity
    ? apply the above principles to fact situations, citing relevant material in support.
    Additional outcomes:
    This module will encourage the development of oral communication skills in the student's contribution to group discussion.
    Outline content:
    The course will cover the following main areas of study:
    ? The principles and doctrines of equity, including equitable remedies
    ? Express Private Trusts ;
    ? Administration of Trusts;
    ? Resulting and Constructive Trusts;
    ? Private Purpose and Charitable Trusts.
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    These are 30 lectures and six tutorials, spread across the Autumn and Spring Terms. Students are expected to prepare for tutorials, in which there is group discussion. Students may receive feedback on a non-assessed piece of coursework in the autumn term which serves as practice for the assessed coursework and the exam questions.
    Contact hours:
    Autumn Spring
    Lectures 15 15
    Tutorials 3 3
    Guided independent study 82 82
    Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
    Total hours for module 200.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 70
    Written assignment including essay 30
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Coursework: One piece of assessed coursework of no more than 5 pages, formatted in accordance with the School of Law?s Assessed Work Rules, to be submitted at a date to be decided in the Spring Term (30%).
    Examination: One two and a half hour examination paper (three questions out of six to be answered) (70%).
    Formative assessment methods:
    One problem question.
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    Two and a half hours.
    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination and/or submission of a new piece of coursework by 22nd August. Only a failed element need be re-taken; a mark for the passed element can be carried forward.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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