Courses Bachelor Display 2017-2018

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Course title International Economic Relations
Course code EBC1031
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessement None
Period
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
5 16-4-2018 8-6-2018 L X X
Level Introductory
Coordinator Tania Treibich
For more information: t.treibich@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Language of instruction English
Goals
- Learn how to analyse international trade, capital flows and exchange rates
- Learn how to interpret and understand various types of economic policy in an international context
- Understand current discussions about developments in international relations including the current economic crisis.
Description
International economic integration has grown tremendously over the past decades. Partly due to deregulation and liberalisation of markets, international trade and capital flows are booming. The world is indeed becoming a global village. In theory, free movement of labour, goods and capital should benefit each and every country. However, not all countries benefit equally. Some like the anti-globalist groups even contend that the industrialized world continues to exploit the developing world, leading to a widening of the gap between countries. In this course, we critically analyse the theoretical fundamentals of both the financial-monetary and real aspects of the international economy. On the monetary side, exchange rate determination, the role of international financial markets and the choice of exchange rate regime are the focus. On the real side, international competitiveness, the gains from trade and factor move inputs are central. We use the theoretical insights to discuss extensively important problems, like trade policy and the distribution of wealth across nations. Obviously, international organisations and institutions like the IMF, World Bank and WTO play an important role in our critical discussions.

Overall, the course will focus on the following topics:
- international trade,
- exchange rates,
- macroeconomic policy,
- globalisation.
Literature
Feenstra, R.C and A.M. Taylor, International Economics, 3rd edition, Worth Publishers.
Prerequisites
Exchange students should have a basic knowledge of micro and macroeconomics
an advanced level of English
Teaching methods PBL / Presentation / Lecture / Groupwork
Assessment methods Final Paper / Participation / Written Exam
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Bachelor Fiscale Economie Year 1 Compulsory Courses