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2017/2018  BA-BPOLO1281U  International Economics

English Title
International Economics

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • David Jinkins - Department of Economics (ECON)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
Last updated on 22/06/2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Explain basic concepts in International Economics (e.g. "comparative advantage", “factor intensity”, “interest rate parity”, BoPs, PPP, UIP, etc.)
  • Understand the basic assumptions and their justification behind the main trade models and their main predictions. These models include, but are not limited to, the Ricardian model, the Hechscher-Ohlin model ,- and the imperfect competition model
  • Perform simple policy simulations of major trade policy tools (e.g. the impact of introducing tariffs), and illustrate them diagrammatically
  • Understand what determines exchange rate in both short and long run
  • Understand the dynamics of macroeconomic policies (both fiscal and monetary) when the exchange rate is in play, and perform simple policy simulations of these dynamics(like what happens when money supply changes)
  • Understand different exchange rate regimes, and describe the evolution of the international monetary systems including the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU.
International Economics:
Exam ECTS 7.5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Closed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
It is at the discretion of the Study Board to change the exam form from a 4-hour written sit-in exam to a 20 min oral exam with no preparation.
Course content and structure

This course offers detailed introduction to international economics, and it includes two parts: international trade and international finance. In the first part, we study the classic trade theories, which explains why international trade took place, what are the benefits of international trade, and in what patterns countries trade with each other. We also study basic trade policy tools and their implications. In the second part, we study the balance of payments, the basics of exchange rates and how they are determined, how fiscal and monetary policies will be different when exchange rates come into play. We also study exchange rate regimes and the history of international monetary systems.

Teaching methods
Lectures, exercises and discussions.
Feedback during the teaching period
We try to offer feedback in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 144 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 48 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 14 hours
Last updated on 22/06/2017