Global Banking

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
ECON 3408
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Global Banking examines the international banking and financial services landscape. It looks at industry structural changes resulting from the changing regulatory and technological environment. The major dimensions and scope of international commercial and investment banking will be examined. Included will be an examination of the global financial markets for capital raising and trading. Critical risk management and regulatory issues will also be examined. Current issues affecting the global banking industry will be addressed throughout the course.
Course Content

Topics to be addressed in the course include:

1. An overview of global banking

2. Global capital raising and trading

3. Foreign exchange and money markets

4. International bank lending

5. Asset related and project financing

6. Global bonds markets

7. Global equity markets

8. Derivative and swaps markets

9. Mergers and acquisitions

10. Strategic drivers of structural change in global banking

11. Assessing and managing cross border risk

12. Systemic risk in banking 

13. Regulatory and compliance issues

14. Strategy and strategic positioning of global banks

15. Managing global banking firms.


Learning Activities

The course is discussion and case-oriented, and accordingly emphasizes classroom participation.

Lectures on challenging course material will also be provided

Means of Assessment

The final course grade is determined by the following evaluation methods:


Classroom participation                   0 to 10%

Case Studies and Assignments         0 to 30%

Term tests                                      30 to 70%

Final Examination                            30 to 40%



Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

1. Explain the effect of significant regulatory and technological change on the competitive environment of the global banking industry;

2. Analyze the major dimensions of international commercial and investment banking including money and foreign exchange markets, debt capital markets, international bank lending, derivative markets, asset-based and project financing, and equity capital markets;

3. Evaluate competitive strategies and strategic drivers of structural change in global banking;

4. Analyze risk management tools for dealing with systemic and cross border risk;

4. Explain the effect of the Basel Accords on the regulatory environment and the behaviour of global banking institutions.

5. Analyze strategies for dealing with regulatory compliance.

Textbook Materials

The main text for the course is:

  • Smith, Roy C., Ingo Walter and Gale DeLong. Global Banking. Latest Edition (New York: Oxford University Press) or another text as approved by the department


Supplemental materials may be chosen from the following, as determined by the instructor:

  • Study guides for the above text and the available text website.
  • Online resources.




ECON 1150 and ECON 1250

OR currently active in one of the following:
PBD Advanced Human Resource Management
PBD Advanced Supply Chain Management
PBD Finance
PBD International Supply Chain Management
PDD Financial Analysis
PDD Financial Planning
PDD Human Resource Management
PDD International Business Management
PDD Supply Chain Management
PDD Project Management



Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for ECON 3408
Athabasca University (AU) AU ECON 3XX (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU ECON 2XX (3)
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN BADM 2XX (3)
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC ECON 2XX (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR ECON 2XX (3)
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU ECON 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ECON 2XXX (3)
Langara College (LANG) LANG ECON 2XXX (3)
Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU ECON 3XX (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ECON 3XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ECON 2nd (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ECON 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ECON 3XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023