ECON 3510 - International Finance III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This course deals with the analysis of three important and related macroeconomics issues in open economies: exchange rates, capital flows and financial crises. The objectives of the course are two-fold: to introduce and critically evaluate the main relevant economic theories, models and empirical works in these three key areas of International Finance; and to apply these analytical tools to build an understanding of relevant economic developments and policy issues in the global markets. There will be discussions of relevant current events relating to Australia, our main trading partners and the rest of the world.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 3510
    Course International Finance III
    Coordinating Unit Economics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 1012
    Assessment Typically, bi-weekly assignments and final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Qazi Haque

    Qazi Haque
    Location: Room 4.47, Nexus 10 Tower
    Telephone: 8313 4927
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain conceptually the organisation of foreign exchange markets.
    2. Apply simple theoretical models of international capital flows and exchange rate determination.
    3. Assess the empirical validity of simple models of international capital flows and exchange rate determination.
    4. Analyse the causes of historical exchange rate movements with reference to the models covered.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    "International Macroeconomics" by Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe, Martin Uribe and Michael Woodford. In preparation for Princeton University Press.
    Recommended Resources
    Additional readings will be made available on MyUni in due course.
    Online Learning
    MyUni - 

    Other online Resources will be provided via the above site, during the course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The lectures will closely follow the textbook. The lectures and the textbook should reinforce each other. You are advised to keep up with the reading. You will find that the lectures are far easier to follow if you have already been exposed to the material via the textbook.

    The tutorials will be primarily based on problem solving and discussions, in preparation for your midterm and final examinations.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload for this course should consist of:

    Attend lectures 2 hours per week

    Attend tutorials 1 hour per week

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This translates to 12 hours per week for a semester course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures (2 x 1 hr) 1-4
    Tutorials (1 hr) 1-4

    The following schedule is tentative and subject to changes.

    Course Plan
    Week Topic Core Readings
    1 Global Imbalances Chapter 1
    1 Current Account Sustainability Chapter 2
    2 An Intertemporal Theory of the Current Account Chapter 3
    3 The Terms of Trade, The World Interest Rate and the Current Account Chapter 4
    4 Current Account Determination in a Production Economy Chapter 5
    5 Uncertainty and the Current Account Chapter 6
    6 Large Open Economies Chapter 7
    7 The Real Exchange Rate and Purchasing Power Parity Chapter 8
    8-9 Determinants of the Real Exchange Rate Chapter 9
    10 International Capital Market Integration Chapter 10
    11 Capital Controls Chapter 11
    12 Nominal Rigidity, Exchange Rate Policy and Unemployment Chapter 12
    Specific Course Requirements
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weight Learning Outcomes
    Tutorial Active Participation Weeks 2-12 10% 1-4
    Quizzes (best 4 out of 6) Online multiple choice questions via MyUni 30% 1-4
    Mid-Term Exam To be announced on MyUni at the beginning of the semester. 20% 1-4
    Final Exam See exam timetable. 40% 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The mid-term test is redeemable if students choose not to, or are unable to, do the tests. The weighting of the missed test will be added to the weighting of the final exam.
    To pass the course, students must achieve at least 50% of the marks overall. There is no separate requirement relating to the final examination.
    Assessment Detail
    Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks cannot be awarded for handwriting that cannot be read.

    It is each student's responsibility to read the examination timetable. Misreading the timetable is not accepted as grounds for granting an alternative examination.

    University staff are not permitted to provide examination times to students over the telephone or in response to personal enquiries.

    Students may NOT take into the examination a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign).
    Details to be announced on MyUni in due course.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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