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How has financialization changed the financial sector and household behaviour? Can financialization theories help us understand the 2008-9 crisis?

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Anatomy of Financial Crises

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Referred/Deferred Assessment: Essay

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Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding tested in this assignment:

LO 1- the interdependency between national economic policies and international economic/financial structure

LO 2 - the key concepts and approaches used in the analysis of financial crises

LO 3 - the distinct, country specific features of financial crises as well as observable common causes in cross country analysis

Learning Outcomes: Skills and Attributes tested in this assignment:

LO 4 - demonstrate a capacity to evaluate the symptoms of financial crises in different case studies

LO 5 - discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various theories in explaining the emergence of financial crises

LO 6 - reflect on case specific and more common causes of various financial crises covered in the module

LO 7 - develop an ability for policy advice in relation to financial crises and advance their presentation and teamwork skills

Feedback /Marking criteria for this Assignment

Performance will be assessed using HBS Grading Criteria and Mark scheme
Guidance for improvement will be given in writing on the Assessment Feedback Form or on the StudyNet Feedback Form within 4 weeks of submission.

Late assignments up to one week late will be reduced by 10 grade points per day will receive a maximum numeric grade of: 
        Levels 4, 5 and 6 (UG) – 40            Level 7 (PG) – 50 
Plagiarism offences will receive standard penalties.

Assignment Title: Referred/Deferred assessment: Essay

Description of the assignment:

Students, who score an average final mark that is below 40% and above 19%, will have to submit an essay on the following topic with 4000 words if they failed both assignments and with 2500 words if they failed only one element:

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How has financialization changed the financial sector and household behaviour? Can financialization theories help us understand the 2008-9 crisis?

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