International Finance - ECON8160

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Wei Jiang checkmark-circle


This module is designed to introduce to the main theoretical and empirical models of international financial relations. Exchange rates, capital flows, financial crises, current account and debt dynamics as well as uncertainty are the most widely debated economic topics in the media and on the political arena. This module provides the economic foundations for full understanding of these debates from a rigorous point of view. The module is evenly balanced between the theory and empirical evidence. That is, we focus not only on the analytical side of the stories but also on their empirical relevance.

For working in the areas of financial economics and development (whether in private or public institutions) the knowledge of the topics addressed in this module is of paramount importance.


Contact hours

Private Study: 120
Contact Hours: 30
Total: 150


Compulsory to the following courses:
MSc Financial Economics

Optional to the following courses:
MSc Economics
MSc Economics and Data Science

Method of assessment

Essay, 2000 words (20%)
Examination (2 hours) (80%)*

Reassessment: 100% exam

*Exams will be online*

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

12.1 Comprehensively understand how the openness of economies affects their economic performance, accounting for complex institutional arrangements that exist in the contemporary world economy.

12.2 Critically assess determination of exchange rates and systematically study the sources of exchange rate fluctuations.

12.3 Deeply assess the causes and consequences of international capital movements as well as recent trends in 'globalisation' and acknowledge how these transform our understanding of such controversial phenomena as financial bubbles, speculative attacks, and currency crises.

12.4 Critically address the concept of intertemporal trade and risk diversification using the synthesis of existing advanced theories.

12.5 Demonstrate profound knowledge of the history of the international monetary system.

12.6 Comprehensively understand core agenda of institutions that oversee and regulate international capital flows and investment activity

The intended generic learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

13.1 Write essays on advanced topics with high level of abstraction and develop convincing argumentation in seminar debates on controversial matters.

13.2 Solve complex analytical problems through the use of the different models studied within the curriculum


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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