Global Financial Systems (UWS)

The role of the financial services industry in modern society.

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the various monetary and financial markets that exist globally and examines their structure, operations and products. The module also examines the importance that regulation plays in ensuring that these markets perform efficiently and effectively, drawing on the experiences learned from the 2008-2010 global financial crises.

The module offers an intuitive and real world grasp of the main issues in global finance. It is hoped that the analytical approach of the module will help students achieve a high academic standard. The case studies, discussion forums and exercises given at the end of each topic are part of an extensive array of support material designed to help students to reflect on the key issues and to consolidate their understanding of the relevant topics.

Module Award

At the end of this module the student will be able to:
L1. Critically discuss the range and role of money, banks and other financial institutions operating with the global economy.
L2. Critically discuss the nature and range of services provided by money, bond and equity markets.
L3. Critically assess the operation and structure of derivatives and derivative markets.
L4. Critically assess the causes of, and solutions to, financial crises and the role that regulation plays in this process.

What will you study

This module considers the role of the financial services industry in modern society. It introduces students to the various monetary and financial markets that exist globally and examines their structure, operations and products. The module also examines the importance that regulation plays in ensuring that these markets perform efficiently and effectively, drawing on the experiences learned from the financial crisis of the latter part of the last decade.

The module will help students to understand the interaction between the various financial institutions, regulators and financial users who operate within these market systems.

Module Assessment

Assessment 1 will be based on an on discussion forum, worth 30% of the final marks.
Assessment 2 will be based on an essay worth 70% of the final marks.

Course fees

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