BFC3999 - Finance and society - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Banking and Finance


Professor Christine Brown

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is intended to contextualise students' acquired knowledge for solving problems in real world domestic and global situations. As a capstone unit, it should be studied in the final semester of the finance major as it draws upon and integrates learning from previous units studied. The unit encourages students to recognise that finance is a powerful tool for solving our common problems, and increasing the general wellbeing, but may give rise to ethical dilemmas. Students will be exposed to choices and conflicts requiring judgement and thus appreciate that finance can play an important role in helping society achieve it's goals.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. evaluate the role of finance in shaping society
  2. hypothesise concepts surrounding finance and apply these to a variety of domestic and international situations
  3. develop capabilities to work effectively in a group
  4. demonstrate effective individual research skills to produce professional quality business documents relating to finance and society
  5. evaluate and weigh evidence, arguments and ethics.


In-semester assessment 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must have completed 102 credit points and passed BFC2751 or BFF2751 or BFW2751 or BFC3240 or BFC3540 and BFB2140 or BFC2140 or BFP2140 or BFW2140 and BFC2751 or BFF2751.