FAI3309 Financial Crises - with a special focus on the Built Environment 7.5 credits

Finansiella kriser - speciellt fokus på samhällsbyggnad

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course can be divided into four main parts: a) an overview of financial crises from the Tulip Crisis in 1637 to the banking and real estate crisis of 2008 in the US b) a behavioral economics view on financial crises – herd behavior, panic, greed etc. c) examples of crises within infrastructure, building & real estate, banking and securities d) a discussion on: "Is it possible to forecast a crisis?" The anatomy of a crisis. Lessons from history.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course, the participant should be able to: a) define a financial crisis and its progress. b)be aware of signs –”bells and whistles”– that precede a crisis c)know what happens during a crisis and how crises are usually managed  d) be aware of what happens after a crisis, e.g. increased regulation.

Crises with a connection to the building, real estate or infrastructure industries will be analyzed.

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Literature and preparations

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Sundry articles and books covering the above subjects. Preliminary list available on request. Final list will be distributed closer to the course start depending on the then current economic climate and updated relevant literature.

Examination and completion

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P, F

Examination *

  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 5.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Björn Berggren

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ABE/Real Estate Business and Financial Systems

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Third cycle

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Tom Kärrlander; tomkarr@kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

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Postgraduate courses at ABE/Real Estate Business and Financial Systems