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Unit information: International Finance and Economics in 2021/22

Unit name International Finance and Economics
Unit code EFIMM0103
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ahmed Pirzada
Open unit status Not open

TB1 Economics and Finance



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This course aims to deepen students' understanding of how international trade and capital flows link economies across the globe.

The course starts with reviewing how financial markets interact with the real economy.

It then moves on to discussing why countries trade and, importantly, why (net) international capital flows in a certain direction. While international linkages help improve economic efficiency, these also give rise to vulnerabilities which can expose countries to the possibility of sovereign debt and currency crises.

The course concludes by looking at some of these vulnerabilities, and policy measures which countries can take to minimise these. In doing so, the course will cover both relevant theoretical frameworks and important economic events in recent history

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

1. Understand the functioning of the financial system and how it affects a country's economy. We will also look at the 2008 global financial crisis in detail.

2. Appreciate that international trade and financial linkages both improve economic efficiency and also give rise to vulnerabilities which policymakers must account for.

3. Analyse and evaluate theories of international economics and finance, discussing their strengths and weaknesses and in which situations they can be relied upon to provide useful understanding of how the international financial system works.

4. Apply economic theory to draw consequences for government policies in international economics and finance.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Information

Coursework 1 (30%)

Coursework 2 (70%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.