Money_&_Banking_Syllabus - Rutgers University...

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Rutgers University Department of Economics Spring 2011 Neil Sheflin Money and Banking 220:301/02 What is Money ? How is it created and controlled? Is it obsolete? How does it matter to the economy ( Monetary Theory )? To you ( Personal Finance )? Is Ben Bernanke doing a good job? (and what is he doing?) Why should you care? How is Monetary Policy carried out and why? How has it changed in the 2007-9 Financial Crisis and Great Recession ? Are Banks dying out? Should they? How would you run a bank? How does the financial system work, and why did it almost melt down in 2007-08? What are some ways to get rich (or at least not poor) in the Stock or Bond (or options or futures or derivatives ) markets? What will a weak dollar do to your career, to the U.S. economy? And what is a weak dollar? This course provides an overview of the nature and role of MONEY AND MONETARY POLICY in modern economies; the role, operation, and regulation of BANKS and other depository institutions; an introduction to FINANCIAL MARKETS , institutions, and instruments; a taste of INTERNATIONAL MONETARY AND FINANCIAL ISSUES ; along with simultaneous coverage of INVESTMENT AND SOME PERSONAL FINANCE . The ultimate OBJECTIVE of the course is to provide students with a life-long understanding of the basics of money, banking, the financial system, and investments. Above all, this is intended to be an interesting, important, useful, and demanding course dealing with issues you will certainly face in your private, public, and professional lives and which will provide you with useful and usable skills and insights (and some cookies ). Instructional Goals: Consistent with the Learning Goals of the Economics Department , students will develop and demonstrate economic literacy, numeracy, citizenship and scholarship in the area of the economics of money and banking. Specifically, successful students will demonstrate through examinations, projects and homework assignments that they have gained: an understanding of monetary theory and policy, and the functions, instruments and markets of the banking and financial system as well as financial investment. the ability to graphically and statistically examine monetary and financial variables, relationships and models the tools necessary to understand and analyze current issues and policies involving money, the financial system and the monetary aspects of the economy To take this course you
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