This was the second course I taught at Bennington College. I had one of the highest enrollments for any individual course in the history of the college :)
From the "Hedge Fund" course syllabus:
"This module will be a 6-session class simulation of running a hedge fund, from trading stocks and other investment instruments, to research analysis, risk management, and financial information technologies. The objective of this module is to teach students about financial markets, corporations, and industry sectors, all from the standpoint of the role these play in our global economy.
Students will be asked to choose industrial sectors to concentrate in, play roles as analysts or traders, and we will be reading from the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times, and other daily sources to inform our hedge funds’ priorities, risk management philosophy, and daily trading activities. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the role of markets in society, how financial markets function, introductory investment knowledge, and financial data literacy, all in a fun and engaging simulation environment using a $1 million virtual firm capital portfolio and trading simulation software using real market data.
Students interested in learning how our world’s financial markets work and how they may relate to your plans are encouraged to enroll.
This module is being taught by Gong Szeto, CAPA Fellow, who worked as the Director of Product Development at Chicago-based PEAK6 Investments, LP (www.peak6.com), a $2 billion equity options trading firm and hedge fund. Gong has previously consulted for Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan. At PEAK6, he designed the retail options trading brokerage Optionshouse.com,