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Global Banking

Course Code: ECON 3408
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Economics
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.


Methods of Instruction

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%


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.

course prerequisites

ECON 1150 and ECON 1250

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.