Banking and Financial Institutions

Course Description: 

This course focuses on financial intermediary institutions, including banks, investment banks and institutional investors. The functions and purposes of such institutions are analyzed. Their role in the Global Financial Crisis is a special area of interest. Among the topics addressed are banking regulation, capital adequacy, off-balance-sheet baking, and international banking. We also discuss the different principles for pension coverage and the financial risks to pension funds and to their members.

Learning Outcomes: 

Core Learning Area

Learning Outcome

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Participate in class discussions and problem solving exercises. Present arguments and findings. Objectively critique findings of fellow students.

Technology Skills

Use of MS Excel tools in problem solving.

Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity

Harness international and professional diversity of students in viewing issues and problems from different perspectives.

Quantitative Reasoning

Learn theories, models, quantitative methods and their applications.                                                                                        

Critical Thinking

Exercise the powers of inquiry, logical thinking and critical analysis. Question the applicability of conventional prescriptions, as well as the impact of non-quantitative information.

Ethics and Social Responsibility

Evaluate and discuss challenges related to ethical and professional behavior in financial intermediaries and markets.

Management Knowledge and Skills

Acquire a fundamental understanding of banking and financial institutions. Examples and case studies will be used.


Grading will be based on the total score out of 100, in line with CEU’s standard grading guidelines.

  • Group project (40%)
  • Class participation and problem solving (20%)
  • Final exam (40%).

Group project

Students will be asked to form groups of 4-5, and analyze a systematically important bank along the broad topics discussed in class. Details will be formally announced and discussed in the first lecture.

Class participation and problem solving

Class participation includes attendance, attitude, and volunteered and cold call responses. All reading assignments should be completed PRIOR to the class we cover them in.

The case method is often uncomfortable to students given the inherent uncertainty of having to make choices with limited information at hand. Please note that there are often no “right” answers.

Final exam

There will be ONE closed-book final exam, to be held in the final lecture. The exam will be a one-hour paper with multiple choice or open-ended essay questions.