ECN205 - The History of Money

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Subject Title
The History of Money

Subject Description
Many perceive money as natural phenomenon which has been in existence forever.  Yet money is a human invention like the creation of the wheel or manufacture of the computer chip.  The concept of money is a powerful one and forms the basis of the world's financial system.  Like oil in an engine, money ensures that our modern global economy runs smoothly.  This course will cover the origins of money and explore how it fostered the present global monetary structure of banking, bonds, stocks and insurance.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the conditions in which state and market controlled economies create an inherent tension in the global financial system. 
  2. Discuss the historical origins of money to show the transitory value of currency.
  3. Examine the rise of modern banking and its importance as provider of credit in the economy.
  4. Analyze the ways in which the bond market impacts the economic and political spheres of the nation state.
  5. Describe the influence of “irrational exuberance” on the global stock markets.
  6. Examine property ownership in the international economy in relation to its impact on enabling economic downturn and turmoil.
  7. Analyze modern insurance as an attempt to mitigate economic and personal risks.
  8. Describe the interconnected global financial structure’s broad implications for society as a whole.

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