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2010/2011  BA-HA_E61  Issues in International Finance

English Title
Issues in International Finance

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn . Spring
Pending schedule: Wed.: 10.45-13.20, week:36-38, 40-41, 43-46, 48 This course will also be offered in Spring 2012
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 60
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
  • Bjarne Florentsen - Department of Finance
Secretary Marianne Andersen - ma.fi@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Thorough understanding of the Multinational Enterprise’s parameters and decision-making basis in international finance as well as a good understanding of the international financial system and how it works
Students should have a good knowledge of finance theory, microeconomics as well as main macro-economic relations. Students are expected to follow financial news on a current basis. Students without these prerequisites must expect an extra workload.
4 hour open book exam
Exam Period Winter Term

The exam is a 4 hour written, open book exam. The exam is PC-based with no internet access. It is also possible to write in hand.
Assessment is based on 12-point grading scale.
Course Content

The course has a practical orientation based on the understanding of the fundamental theories of international finance. The objective is to provide students with a good understanding of the international financial markets in which the multinational company operates and how to manage the risks and take advantage of the opportunities inherent in international financial activity.

Central concepts are exchange rates, international interest rates, their determination through international parities and how to handle the exposures that international transactions of companies involve. Topics concerning international debt and security issues will be discussed as well as strategies for foreign direct investment and their management.

Theoretical concepts form the structure of the understanding of the management of multinational firms, and these concepts should be thoroughly understood. But the course will strive to emphasize the application of theory to real world cases and examples, including the political, institutional, and cultural dimensions, the divergences of which are often central to the decision-making of the international company.

The course emphasized sound reasoning and argumentation based on computational skills and understanding of complex problems.

Teaching Methods
There will be lectures and exercises. In addition, students should hand in two problem sets, which aim at exploring the course material in greater depth. Although the problem sets and the solving of exercises in preparation for class are voluntary, they are strongly recommended as preparation for the final exam.
Students will find that lecture attendance and prior preparation are prerequisites for successful completion of the course.

David K. Eiteman, Arthur I. Stonehill, Michael H. Moffett, Multinational Business Finance, 12th ed., Pearson International, 2010.

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