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180207 SE Ethics and Capital Markets (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

  • Montag 11.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 18.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 25.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 08.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 15.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 22.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 29.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 06.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 13.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 10.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 17.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 24.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
  • Montag 31.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

[The seminar information will be updated on a regular basis; therefore, the information stated below can be subject of minor changes until the first session]
For some, they are a tool for providing financial security thus reducing risk in a highly volatile economy, and for some they are seen as a venue, where ostensibly huge amounts of capital are vaporized by some speculators at the cost of "hard working" individuals.
No matter, how it may be, capital markets represent a crucial segment of economic life, where attitudes towards risk and decision making play a special role. What is more, there is certainly no other segment of the economy where rational models are as decisive as in financial markets. In this seminar, we will investigate the area of tension between rational decision-making, profit expectation and ethics in this highly dynamic economic segment and try to approach the ultimate problem of whether human behavior can be modeled?
In particular, we try to find answers to the following issues:
- What are the underlying notions of rationality that come into play in the context of capital markets?
- What are the underlying assumptions of the neoclassical finance theory? What are the most important models? What are its key concepts and scientific background?
- Are individuals acting rationally and what role do ethics play in their decisions?
- Are there any possible alternatives to the underlying notion of rationality in capital markets?
- What is the role of national regulators in enforcing ethical principles and what are the latest trends in the industry?

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

- Regular attendance, class contribution and weekly quiz (30%)
- Presentation and Essay (70%)
o Presentation: with handout (max. 300 Words) due to three days before the presentation. Length: Approximately 15-20Min + 10-15 Minutes class discussion for each participant. The presentations should take place in the second part of the semester (depending on the number of attendees).
o Essay (approx. 2000-3000 Words + bibliography) - 50% (the following subcriteria will be applied in the final evaluation:
 Consistency of the research goals and the research question(s) in accordance with the course material (30%)
 Language and intelligibility (10%)
 Adherence to the citation rules (10%)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

As this class is designed as an introductory seminar, no special knowledge or skills are required. A sufficient command of English is important though.
Students of all disciplines of humanities (e.g. philosophy, law, etc…) and social sciences (sociology, economics) are encouraged to take part.

As this course is a seminar, class attendance is mandatory. Unexcused absence in more than two units (1 unit = 1,5h) will be sanctioned with deregistration.
The seminar paper is due to 28th February 2022. Submissions after this date cannot be considered.
87,5%-100%: 1 (Excellent)
75%-87,5%: 2 (Good)
62,5%-75%: 3 (Satisfactory)
50%-62,5%: 4 (Sufficient)
0%-50%: 5 (Non- Sufficient)


A detailed literature list will be announced in the curriculum, available on moodle ca. one week before the first session.


Written primarily for a non-academic public, the following book is a good introduction to the main topics of this seminar:

Derman, Emanuel. Models. Behaving. Badly. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2011.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Sa 08.07.2023 00:17