Universität Wien FIND

040291 UK Special Topics in Banking and Finance: International Finance (BA) (2021S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Please note that this is a Bachelor's course.
It cannot be chosen within any Master's programme.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

NB: Due to ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, lectures for this course will be held online.

Tuesday 23.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 29.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course provides an introduction to international finance and the international monetary system. The course will cover the major international monetary arrangements that have characterized the world economy over the past two-hundred years. Topics covered will include: (i) the gold standard, (ii) the Bretton Woods system, (iii) currency crises, and (iv) the construction of the European Monetary Union. The course material will cover basic concepts in international finance, the institutional details and economic history of different international monetary arrangements, as well as an overview of key theoretical models of exchange-rate regimes.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be evaluated based on their performance on a mandatory problem set (10%), a mid-term exam (40%) and a compulsory final exam (50%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are expected to be familiar with basic concepts from introductory macroeconomics and finance. Knowledge of univariate calculus and basic statistics is also expected.

Examination topics

The structure and topics of the exam will be announced in the first class.

Reading list

Recommended General Readings
(*) Eichengreen, Barry. Globalizing Capital. Princeton University Press, 2008
(*) Krugman, Paul and M. Obstfeld. International Economics. (Part III)

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:12