LSO560 - The Global Financial Crisis

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Subject Title
The Global Financial Crisis

Subject Description
This subject investigates the circumstances, financial and economic of the global economic crisis. We will be investigating the events, causes, effects and remedies of the crisis and ensuing recession.
Could the Global Financial Crisis of the late 2000s have been prevented? How effective are the policies and regulations for overcoming the Great Recession associated with this crisis? We will scrutinize the events of this crisis and recession, and investigate its causes, effects and remedies. The analysis will be anchored in an understanding of the fundamental elements of the financial system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international trade.

LSO560 is a hybrid course. One period will be on-line, and two periods will be in-class. The out-of-class assignments and readings require the use of your independent learning and time-management skills.

Credit Status
One upper level Liberal Studies elective credit in a Degree Program.

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

  1. Identify the nature and causes of financial crises.
  2. Detail the events of the Global Financial Crisis and the Great Recession.
  3. Analytically appraise relevant Microeconomic and Macroeconomic concepts, theories and models for understanding asset bubbles and financial crises.
  4. Analyze the causes of the Global Financial Crisis.
  5. Understand the operation and interaction of domestic and global financial markets and the amplification of crises.
  6. Evaluate, in the context of macroeconomic models, the appropriateness of conventional monetary measures for alleviating financial crises and economic recessions.
  7. Appraise the creation and use of unconventional monetary policies for remedying financial crises and economic recessions.
  8. Evaluate, in the context of macroeconomic models, the appropriateness of conventional fiscal policies for generating post-crisis economic expansion.
  9. Question the creation and use of unconventional fiscal policies for remedying financial crises and economic recessions.
  10. Analyze global responses to financial crises and economic recessions.
  11. Evaluate the proposals for globally coordinated stimulus policies and regulations.
  12. Demonstrate ability to think critically, and summarize and discuss, orally and in writing, informed views about global financial crises and their resolution.
  13. Simulate the research process by reviewing current literature on the global financial crisis, identifying a specific area for research, proposing a definite question that requires an answer, setting out how you would proceed, realistically, by generating an hypothesis that relates to the question, and discussing expected findings.

Essential Employability Skills
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Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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