• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The environments surrounding the financial markets have been changing as boundaries between the traditional industry sectors disappear and competition becomes increasingly global. Accordingly, it has become more important to understand the profits and risks faced by investors and savers interacting through financial markets, as well as the strategies that can be adopted for controlling and better managing these profits and risks. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the financial markets and

instruments such that students can gain an understanding of the issues of profits and risks.

This course examines the key concepts of financial markets and instruments as well as their operation. The course also discusses the analytical techniques and practical tools to use each instrument for economic management. Topics covered include the roles and determinants of interest rates, fixed income securities markets, equity markets, foreign exchange markets, and option markets.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of financial terms and concepts
  2. analyse how financial markets and instruments operate and how they can be used to achieve economic objectives
  3. understand and criticaly engage in profits and risks faced by investors and strategies to control these profits and risks
  4. demonstrate the ability to think independently, reflectively and analytically for work in regulating the financial sector, financial institutions or various areas of government

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Mid-term examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final examination (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The course consists of 12 weeks of lectures (3 hours per week) these also include computer lab and problem solving sessions throughout semester.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Sanders, A. and Cornett, M.M. (2015), Financial Markets and Institutions (6th ed.), McGraw Hill.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
2023 $4560 Standard Rate
2023 $3600 Grandfathered Rate*

*continuing students in nominated programs only. See fee website

International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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