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ECOP6901: Finance and Economic Change

This unit focuses on the financial markets for foreign exchange, securities and derivatives which have grown exponentially since the 1980s, and were integral to the 2007-08 Global Financial Crisis, the largest global crisis after the 1930s Great Depression. You will be introduced to a political economy perspective about these markets, including their vulnerability to crisis, and the pervasive intrusion of the financial calculation arising from these markets into wider social and personal calculation. You will learn about the regulation of financial markets and institutions, including key regulatory and monitoring agencies, and the arguments for new regulatory regimes.

Code ECOP6901
Academic unit Political Economy
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate knowledge of different theories of money and finance
  • LO2. demonstrate knowledge of historical development and functions of financial institutions and intermediaries
  • LO3. apply theories and concepts to study specific issues
  • LO4. make links between economic and political questions
  • LO5. construct a sound argument based on evidence and communicate this effectively (both verbally and in writing)
  • LO6. critically examine received ideas and existing institutions.

Unit outlines

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