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MN4236 Sociology of Finance

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

In the wake of the global financial meltdown, scholars and professionals alike struggle to understand the causes of the collapse. A sociology of financial markets offers unique insights here. This module will provide a broad introduction to the sociology of finance, including: the research field and its roots in science studies; the architecture and technologies of markets; the role and importance of calculation; the chicken-and-egg problem of economic theory and practice; the specific practices of measurement and calculation that precipitated the crisis; and alternative financial perspectives, such as that offered by Islamic finance. Students will develop a deep understanding of the mechanisms that power financial markets and their relevance to the global economy.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Management degrees, Management Science

UG Pre-requisite(s):MN2001 and MN2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 lectures (x 11 weeks) and 1 tutorial (x 4 weeks), and 2 optional consultative hours (x 11 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 26
  • Guided independent study: 174

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 70%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 30%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 70%, Coursework = 30%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr P J Roscoe
Module teaching staff:Dr P J Roscoe