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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
No such Code for pgprog: N3KB09

Department: Economics and Finance

ECON40D15: Fintech Regulations

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to N3KB09
Tied to N3K509 Finance (International Money, Finance and Investment) (Last intake of students October 2021)
Tied to N3K609 Finance (International Banking and Finance) (Last intake of students October 2021)
Tied to N3K409 Finance (Finance and Investment)
Tied to N3K709 Finance (Economics and Finance)
Tied to N3K309 Finance (Corporate and International Finance) (Last intake of students October 2021)
Tied to N3K209 Finance (Accounting and Finance)
Tied to N3K109 Finance

Prerequisites

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Corequisites

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Excluded Combination of Modules

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Aims

  • Provide an advanced understanding of the regulatory objectives and approaches related to the financial sector
  • Examine the features and key risks that arise in different fintech sectors from a regulatory perspective (open banking, crypto-assets/currencies, crowdfunding platforms and asset management and robo-advisory services)
  • Discuss the concerns and responses to mitigate the risks and achieve the regulatory objectives for each of the fintech sectors
  • Present case studies from different countries to examine the regulatory approaches for different fintech sectors.

Content

  • Regulatory Objectives, Framework and Approaches
  • Regulatory approaches related to digital innovations, tools/artefacts (open banking/APIs, cloud, blockchain, artificial Intelligence)
  • Open banking (regulation induced digital transformation)
  • Crypto Assets/Currencies (key risks, regulatory concerns, responses, approaches and case studies)
  • Crowd-funding Platforms (key risks, regulatory concerns, responses, approaches and case studies)
  • Asset Management & Robo Advisory (key risks, regulatory concerns, responses, approaches and case studies)

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understanding the regulatory objectives, framework and approaches related to the financial sector in general and the fintech sector in particular
  • Developing knowledge of the features and key risks that arise in different fintech sectors from regulatory perspectives (open banking, crypto-assets/currencies, crowdfunding platforms and asset management and robo-advisory services)
  • Comprehending the concerns and responses to mitigate the risks and achieve the regulatory objectives for each of the fintech sectors
  • Knowing the regulatory experiences of different countries and examining the approaches taken for fintech sectors in various jurisdictions.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Recognize the key roles law and regulations play in framing financial transactions.
  • Understand the principles governing financial regulations and how these are applied in case of innovations.
  • Unbundle financial transactions and evaluate risks arising in different stages from a regulatory perspective.
  • Recognize risks arising in different fintech sectors that raise regulatory concerns and identify the appropriate responses.
  • Assess the regulatory approaches used in different jurisdictions to understand various ways in which the regulatory principles are applied in case of fintechs.
Key Skills:
  • Ability to understand financial concepts and transactions from multi-disciplinary perspectives.
  • Independent learning within a defined framework of study at an advanced level.
  • Independent thought in analysing and critiquing existing regulatory practices of different fintech sectors.
  • Ability to seek out and use relevant information and data sources, including electronic and bibliographic sources.
  • Advanced writing skills including the ability to work to a deadline and complete written work within word limits.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • A combination of interactive classroom sessions in the form of two-hour lectures, one-hour seminars and guided reading at an advanced level to achieve the aims and learning outcomes. The lectures are based on presentations and provide suggested readings that develop knowledge and understanding through the systematic course of study. Summative assessment through assignment will test students' knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter and their use of critical judgment and problem-solving and analytical skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Seminars 4 1 per fortnight 1 hour 4
Preparation & Reading 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 2500 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Answers prepared by students to pre-assigned questions and readings that are presented and discussed in seminars.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University