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2017/2018  BA-BHAAV7010U  Topics in International Finance

English Title
Topics in International Finance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 45
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Christian Wagner - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
  • Globalization and international business
Last updated on 26-01-2018

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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:
  • To master the basic theories of international finance at the textbook level
  • To understand the structure and dynamics of the international financial system
  • To understand the challenges of Multinational Business and apply correctly the analystical tools that lead to basic decision-making
  • To understand the main trends in international political behavior under changing economic parameters and environments
Course prerequisites
Please note that the elective course is reserved for HA students, who wish to write their bachelor project in this elective course.
Topics in International Finance:
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) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • Non-programmable, financial calculators: HP10bll+ or Texas BA II Plus
  • Language dictionaries in paper format
The student will have access to
  • Advanced IT application package
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). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam : Read more about exam aids and IT application packages here
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.
Course content and structure

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.

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. The course emphasizes sound reasoning. Based on conceptual understanding.





Teaching methods
Lectures and exercises.
Feedback during the teaching period
The teacher provides solutions to exercises allowing the students to check their abilities to solve relevant problems.
Student workload
Preparation / exam 170 hours
Lectures 36 hours
Expected literature

Piet Sercu (2009). International Finance. Princeton University Press.

Selected articles and hand-outs

Last updated on 26-01-2018