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Module Title LM Contemporary Topics in Banking and Finance
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 29614
Module Lead Andrew Mullineux
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-30 hours
Guided independent study-70 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description This module covers topical ethical issues relating to the financial sector, such as: fraud, market manipulation, insider dealing, high speed trading, fiduciary responsibilities, conflicts of interest, predatory and responsible lending and borrowing, socially and environmentally responsible investment and sustainability, Islamic finance, responsibilities of asset managers and pensions fund trustees, resolving the corporate pensions deficit problem etc.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Discriminate and critically appraise commercial banks and investment institutions within the financial system.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the governance and investment stewardship of banks.
  • Define, explain and apply the tools of responsible investment to firms and situations.
  • Define and critically appraise financial inclusion.
Assessment 29614-01 : Assignment 1 : Coursework (50%)
29614-02 : Assignment 2 : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 2 x 2000 individual assignments (on two different topics) -100% (50% each essay)

Reassessment: One 2,500 word individual assignment (100%)
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