FIN352 Contemporary Issues in Finance

This subject focuses on a number of current and emerging issues in the finance sector, such as those relating to global markets, socially-responsible investing, financial technology (FinTech) and sovereign wealth funds. It provides an overview of these issues and analyses their importance to the industry. Students use various industry reports, market research and other non-academic insights to critically review the issues mentioned above. They then utilise academic research to further explore one of these contemporary issues.

For more information, please refer to the subject outline.

  • Learning outcomes

      On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

      1. Review key concepts relating to contemporary issues in the field of finance.
      2. Examine relevant regulatory frameworks and ethical considerations applicable to contemporary issues in finance.
      3. Critically review various industry reports and evaluate the nature and importance of a selected contemporary issue in finance.
      4. Critically analyse academic research papers examining the empirical works and theory in the selected contemporary issue.
      5. Compose a report to communicate findings from the analysis of industry and academic evidence on the selected contemporary issue.
  • Subject content
    • Topic Title
      Topic 1 Introduction to contemporary issues in finance
      Topic 2 Regulatory, ethical and geopolitical constraints
      Topic 3 Global financial market innovation
      Topic 4 Socially responsible investing
      Topic 5 Fintech
      Topic 6 Sovereign wealth funds
      Topic 7 The future of finance
      Topic 8 Contemporary finance theory
      Topic 9 Evolving issues in academic literature

  • Duration
    • The duration of this subject is one study period (12 weeks).

  • Assessment
  • Prerequisites
    • There are no prerequisites for this subject. However, individuals should review the ‘Assumed Knowledge’ tab to understand the prior knowledge Kaplan advises they should hold before enrolling in this subject.

  • Assumed knowledge
    • Whilst there are no prerequisites for this subject, Kaplan assumes that individuals have completed core subjects and other elective subjects, prior to undertaking FIN352 Contemporary Issues in Finance.

  • Course transition subject equivalence
    • Individuals may not be required to complete this subject if they have transitioned from a SIA/Finsia/Kaplan course and have completed the following subjects:

      • there are no equivalences for this subject.
  • Reading list
    • There is no prescribed text for this subject. Individuals are provided with key readings and access to Kaplan’s online databases. Individuals are encouraged to research and read widely on the topic.