Fundamentals of Global Finance & Trade

Instructor: David Martin

What is money? Where did it come from? What does 'finance', 'trade', and 'economics' actually mean? Has it always been the way it is now? How did we get here? Where is 'here'? When you hear about the Eurozone, the Federal Reserve, stocks, bonds, and debt, how do these matters impact your life and the lives of those you know? How about the lives you don't know about? In this course, students will learn the back-story that animates the headlines of news across the globe. By the end of the course, students will be expected to understand the core beliefs of finance and trade, how they are maintained, and how to navigate the complex web of the monetary matrix.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Clearly define the role religion, politics, and social structure in finance and trade.
  2. Competently assess the merits and weaknesses of consumption-based industrial models of trade and finance and contrast them with productivity engagement-based models of Commons and Network trade and finance.
  3. Reference the thought-leaders of global systems of persistence, the thought-leaders of short-duration and high impact global systems of unilateral benefit flows.
  4. Correctly classify and recognize the attributes associated with trade policy; and, critique the most recent World Trade Organization Annual Report.
  5. Select at least one life objective to pursue using a non-monetary provisioning and accounting method.
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