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Course Overview

This course provides students with an understanding of the financial system, primarily from a UK perspective, introducing students to the reasons for, and nature of, financial markets and institutions before moving on to explore the need and importance of financial regulation, and investigating the causes and consequences of the recent global financial crisis. The course will introduce students to a variety of topics including the role of wholesale and retail banks, non-bank financial institutions, the debt and equity markets, and the derivative markets; market efficiency, UK and international regulation, consumer protection and market abuse.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Chunxia Jiang

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

  1. Analysis of the economics of financial markets, services and products.
  2. Identification of the sources and persistence of market failure in financial services and the classic regulatory issues.
  3. Study of the regulatory issues, models and structures exposed in the regulation of the banking industry, in the UK and internationally.
  4. Extension of regulatory principles to the analysis of other segments of financial services, notably markets in insurance.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26, 28, 30, 33 - 34
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 32, 39
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 25 - 31, 33 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

i. Group coursework (2000 words, 30%) to be submitted by 11:59pm Friday 19th March 2021;

ii. Individual essay (2500 words, 70%) to be submitted by 11:59pm Friday 7th May 2021 


Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2020/21):   

Resit the individual essay worth the overall mark (100%)

Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 or for C8 students):   
Resit the individual essay worth the overall mark (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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