Content of Course D
EBCD: English for Economists Credit-Point Course D
Course title: Banking & Finance Issues
This course will examine a host of aspects as well as current developments in the area of banking & finance. Students will explore these somewhat complex issues and form their own opinions. Active student participation is therefore essential. Case studies and more intensive group discussions are designed to consolidate the newly-acquired knowledge as well as to perfect language skills. Moreover, advanced remedial grammar components will be incorporated into the course. Writing exercises will focus on precision, vocabulary extension and appropriate means of expression – all skills necessary for writing an academic essay.
Participants will be given an opportunity to hold PowerPoint presentations and formulate their own opinions. Moreover, students will be encouraged to actively participate by means of individual contributions, in pair work, in small group and plenary activities.
The course is designed to culminate in a compact study package, which will be the basis of the written and oral examinations at the end of the term.
Topics: What is 'banking'?, What are 'banks'?; Types of Banks; Microfinance/Microcredit; The Glass-Steagall Act & the Subprime Crisis; Dodd Frank Act; Central banking; Retail Banking; Islamic Banking; Online Banking; Fintech; Banks and BREXIT; Developments in Banking past, present and future