Course Catalog and Schedule



Thought Leadership Seminar (FINC-484-5)
0.50 Credit
TCE BidStats

Description:
This course was formerly known as FINC 484-A TLS: Contemporary Issues in Finance
There are several variations of this course:

European Banking and the Financial Crisis (FINC-484-5)

Objective: This thought leadership seminar is designed to facilitate an in depth exploration of current issues in European banking in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007 - 2009. In Europe banks are more important as a source of finance for the real economy than in the US; therefore understanding the issues facing the banks is key to understanding the future of the European economy. Starting with a short introduction to financial systems and banking, covering the financial crisis, the Euro crisis, and the newly established European Banking Union each session will focus on a distinct topic to allow for a comprehensive, yet focused and digestible discussion of the subject matter from both a micro and a macro perspective.

Format: This seminar consists of lectures, class discussions and group assignments. Source materials will include a combination of first-hand case studies, relevant chapters from the leading text books in the field, most recent academic and industry research, publications from relevant institutions and pertinent news articles from the business press. Students will also be asked – in groups and on the basis of their choice of newspaper article – to lead a discussion on current events in European banking, write a corresponding short opinion / editorial piece and write and present a focused paper in one of the sessions´ topic areas.

Requirements: Prior exposure to the banking sector and / or to Europe is helpful but by no means a requirement. A high level of preparedness and participation, however, is essential to ensure that the seminar is a rewarding experience for all participants.

Contemporary Issues in Business and Society (FINC-484-5)

This seminar will use a roundtable discussion format to facilitate an in-depth exploration of current issues in corporate governance and finance, and how they affect and are influenced by society. Our sessions will focus on a combination of predetermined topics and ones chosen by students from the current events of the week. We will begin by debating a central question in corporate governance: should creating value for shareholders be the firm’s first priority? The seminar will also discuss major issues such as corporate decisions to lay off employees, public policies aimed at achieving gender parity in corporate boardrooms, the growth of executive compensation, and the rise in the top one percent (all topics are subject to change). Source materials will include a combination of business cases, recent academic research, and news articles from the popular press.

Prerequisites:
Prerequisites:
All Students: (FINC-440-0 OR FINC-431-0 OR FINC-441-0)

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Academic Year Term   Session Course ID Title Sec ID   Credits Syl Instructor Times Campus Location Mand 1st Exam
2015-2016 Winter 2016 1st Five Weeks FINC-484-5 Thought Leadership Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Business and Society 61 0.50 Matsa, David A. Tue/Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Evanston Jacobs (372) Y Confirm final deliverable with professor and syllabus.
2015-2016 Winter 2016 1st Five Weeks FINC-484-5 Thought Leadership Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Business and Society 62 0.50 Matsa, David A. Tue/Fri 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Evanston Jacobs (372) Y Confirm final deliverable with professor and syllabus.
2015-2016 Spring 2016 1st Five Weeks FINC-484-5 Thought Leadership Seminar: European Banking and the Financial Crisis 61 0.50 Wieandt, Axel Mon/Thu 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Evanston TBD (Room TBA) N
2015-2016 Spring 2016 2nd Five Weeks FINC-484-5 Thought Leadership Seminar: European Banking and the Financial Crisis 62 0.50 Wieandt, Axel Mon/Thu 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Evanston TBD (Room TBA) N