The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the basic concepts and the principles of money and credit and banking, including central banking and monetary policy, with focus on countries of the Asia-Pacific. Theoretical, operational, regulatory and policy aspects of banking/financial systems and their vulnerabilities to shocks, both domestic and external, are discussed using contemporary examples. An introductory analysis will be given of the role and function in the world economic portfolio of the fast-growing Islamic banking and finance industry since its modern emergence in the 1990s.

The course design is optimised for student attendance at all workshops. Course materials are analytical, policy-oriented and therefore challenging. The workshop programme provides a logical structure for the topics under discussion, emphasises key concepts, relations and models, and reports empirical evidence and events from across the globe to draw broad policy implications. The workshop programme reviews key concepts and models and analyses the key issues using applied examples. Workshops provide opportunities for students to raise their own questions to explore points that are not clear.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the principles behind the workings of the financial system;

2. Demonstrate knowledge about the evolution of financial markets and various credit instruments; and the evolution of money and its functions;

3. Analyse the operations of equity and debt (bond) markets including interest-rate movements;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the history, evolution, structure, operations and regulation of modern central banking and financial systems together with the design and conduct of monetary policy, with particular focus on the Asia-Pacific.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of modern commercial banking and operational issues within a globalised economic system;


Lectures may include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

  1. Introduction to money, credit and banking
  2. Credit markets and interest rates
  3. Commercial banking, including Islamic banking and finance
  4. Central banking and monetary policy, including key monetary relations, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific
  5. International financial institutions and financial structure and the regulation of international banks and other financial institutions

Assumed knowledge

ECON2001, ECON2002

Assessment items

In Term Test: In class tests

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Examination

Essay: Research Essay

Formal Examination: Final Examination