Essex Business School
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 22 March 2024
06 July 2023
Requisites for this module
This module provides a good grasp of both the strategic drivers of international banks and selected aspects of the activities of international banking firms. The topics covered include international banking regulation, failures and crises, international banking activities and services, and comparative banking.
The aim of this module is:
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Understand the main functions, structural and performance features of international banks.
- Evaluate critically the main theories, activities, and strategies in international banking.
- Assess the structure and trends of the banking markets around the world.
- Appraise current competitive trends and risks affecting international banks.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge as to why international banks need regulation and assess the regulatory responses in light of the recent banking crises.
Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)
This module will help students develop a range of transferable skills that will be useful in their future professional life, including:
- Ability to critically evaluate best practices and regulation compliance in international banking services.
- Ability to draw implications for the improvement of practice from contemporary thinking in international banking.
- Ability to identify and critically reflect on methods, processes, and outcomes in international banking.
- Analytical skills.
- Research skills.
- Critical thinking.
- W.ritten communication skills
Specifically the topics covered include the kinds, functions and strategic drivers of international banks (including international commercial, investment, retail and private banking) and the main features of international banking markets and offshore financial centres. Special attention will be given to the topics of risks and the need and role of international banking regulation, banking crises, and emerging trends.
This module will be delivered via:
- One 2-hour lecture per week.
- One 1-hour class per fortnight.
- One revision session in the summer term.
Students are expected to do relevant reading and preparation before the lecture. It is strongly recommended that students also do additional reading to supplement the lecture material.
The classes will be organised in tutorial groups. Students are expected to always go to the same tutorial group.
Saunders, A., Cornett, M.M. and Erhemjamts, O. (2021) Financial institutions management: a risk management approach
. Tenth edition. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill. Available at: https://search-ebscohost-com.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=2947614&site=ehost-live&authtype=sso&custid=s9814295
Smith, R.C., Walter, I. and DeLong, G. (2012) Global banking
. Third edition. New York: Oxford University Press. Available at: https://doi-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335934.001.0001
Berger, A.N., Molyneux, P. and Wilson, J.O.S. (eds) (2019) Oxford Handbook of Banking
. Third edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: https://app.kortext.com/Shibboleth.sso/Login?entityID=https://idp0.essex.ac.uk/shibboleth&target=https://app.kortext.com/borrow/833170
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
|Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period)
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.
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