25752 - International Finance

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in International Management (cod. 5891)

Learning outcomes

"At the end of the course, the students are expert in the design, implementation and information systems management for intelligence of decisions that melt on the management knowledge of analytical nature. The second module is focused in the computing laboratory thanks to the use of two system language: SAS System and SAS Enterprise Miner. At the end of the course, the students know: - Customer relationship management (CRM) and Customer Intelligence; - Problems of evaluation of the advertising impact; - Oriented information system implementation for the analytical approach to the Business Intelligence; - Software realization for Analytical Business Intelligence projects and statistical data mining."

Course contents

This course aims to provide all necessary tools and knowledge to interpret modern phenomena relative to international economics evolution. The focus of the course will be on monetary aspects of international economics. In particular, we will study the role of optimal currency areas and the most important theories on exchange-rate determination. Moreover, the attention will be devoted to the analysis of balance of payment crisis as a mechanism derived from the internal economic policy contradiction of a given country. Therefore, what is going to be the optimal exchange-rate regime ? How an inadequate choice about exchange-rate regime will translate into a Balance of Payment Crisis ?


Pilbeam K., “International Finance”, fourth edition, 2014, Palgrave McMillan

Additional readings will be distributed in class and on learning platform Virtuale 

Teaching methods

The course is offered on a traditional in-class lecture: there will be 10 class meetings, each of them is 3 hours-long, for a total of 30 hours.

Assessment methods

Written in class exam (2-hours).

The final grade is expressed on a 30th basis. To pass the exam each student is required to receive a grade not lower than 18/30.

The grade structure goes as follows:

18-23: the student has sufficient preparation and analytical skills, spread however, over just few topics taught in the course, the overall jargon is correct

24-27: the student shows and adequate preparation at a technical level with some doubts over the topics. Good, yet not to articulate analytical skills with the use of a correct jargon

28-30: Great knowledge about most of the topics taught in the course, good critical and analytical skills, good usage of the specific jargon

30 cum Laude (30L): excellent and in depth knowledge of all the topics in the course, excellent critical and analytical skills, excellent usage of specific jargon.

Teaching tools

Slides, overheads and additional set of notes (copyrighted) will be distributed in class.

Specific set of readings from the international literature.

Office hours

See the website of Massimiliano Marzo


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