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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3151 Contemporary Issues in Banking

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Usman Gilani

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25


LUBS2260Banks and Banking Systems

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS2035Finance for Small Business

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The module provides an understanding of the challenges and issues faced by international banks, with a focus on internationalisation, regulation, stability and financial innovation. The course assumes an international perspective with numerous cross-country comparisons.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to critically assess:
- the international banking and financial environment
- the nature of, and reasons for, the rapidly changing international banking and financial environment
- the problems faced by international regulation
- the nature of and reasons for systemic distress and failure in the banking industry


This course delves into the concepts of financial intermediation and information asymmetry, exploring contemporary issues in banking, the function and structure of central banks, and the regulatory framework governing the banking sector. It also investigates the impact of macroeconomic factors on banking operations, examining the reasons behind the failures of banks and other financial institutions, as well as the repercussions of such failures. Additionally, the course includes a segment on FinTech, highlighting its rising significance in the banking industry.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.50
Total Contact hours21.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be available through feedback on some Mock Exam.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2024


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