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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module ECON42015: Money and Banking

Department: Economics and Finance

ECON42015: Money and Banking

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2020/21
Tied to L1K509
Tied to L1T109
Tied to L1T209
Tied to L1T309
Tied to L1T409
Tied to N3K609


  • None


  • EITHER Advanced Financial Theory (ECON41215) OR Advanced Macroeconomics (ECON44815)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • give students a sound knowledge of the transmission mechanism of monetary policy via traditional channels, the balance sheet channel, and the bank lending channel
  • introduce students to various arguments that motivate banking regulation and discuss case studies on recent regulatory developments
  • discuss theories and evidence on financial crises and the nexus between sovereign risk and banking risk


  • Topic 1: Banking and Monetary policy
  • Topic 2: Banking Regulation: Theories and Evidence
  • Topic 3: Global Banking: Trends, Benefits and Costs
  • Topic 4: Financial Crises: Theories and Evidence
  • Topic 5: Banking Risk and Sovereign Risk

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understanding the links between the banking industry and the transmission of monetary policy.
  • Be familiar with core arguments that motivate the regulation of the banking industry and current regulatory landscape.
  • Ability to critically assess the implications of bank globalisation.
  • Ability to explain recent episodes of financial crises using theoretical arguments and empirical evidence.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • ability to apply core advanced banking theory to applied topics in financial intermediation
  • ability to identify appropriate solutions to problems associated with the instability of the banking industry
  • ability to justify conclusions using theoretical arguments with appropriate rigour
Key Skills:
  • ability to show understanding of advanced analytical methods
  • ability to reason logically and work analytically
  • ability to work with abstract concepts and in a context of generality
  • ability to understand the contexts in which problems are addressed
  • ability to communicate effectively and clearly in written and oral formats

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • A combination of lectures, seminars and guided reading will contribute to achieving the aims and learning outcomes of this module. Summative assessment by written examination will test students' knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter and their ability to apply relevant problem-solving and analytical skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Seminars 4 1 per fortnight 1 hour 4
Preparation & Reading 124
Revision session 1 2 hours 2
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Unseen Written Examination 2 hours 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Work prepared by students for seminars, which will include answers to pre-assigned questions; there will also be discussion of pre-assigned readings.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University