Understanding Money: the History of Finance, Speculation and the Stock Market

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Understand the key concepts of money, credit and debt, and the stock market.

What is money? What does money do? How has the understanding of economics changed over the years? Explore the answers to these questions and more in this online course.

On this course, you will learn how literary, cultural, visual and historical studies have offered new ways of understanding money and investment. You will look at popular representations of finance in visual culture and literature and explore the social meaning of credit, debt and the role of the market. You will also investigate financial crises in history and analyse how the media presents this information to the public.

This course is for anyone with a general interest in money and how money is understood in society, as well as anyone interested in history, literature, and economics.