SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentSenior Class A, Department of International Business Senior Class B, Department of International Business
Course NameSenior Research Seminar in International Finance
InstructorARAI NATSUKI
Credit3.0
Course TypeSelectively
PrerequisiteIntermediate Macroecon Theory、Intermediate Macroeconomics、Intro to Macroecnomics、Macro Economic Theory、Macro Economics、Macroecnomics、Macroeconomic Theory、Macroeconomics、Macro-Economics、Principle of Macroeconomics、Principles of Macroeconomics
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule








 













































































































































週次



Week



課程主題



Topic



課程內容與指定閱讀



Content and Reading Assignment



教學活動與作業



Teaching Activities and Homework



學習投入時間



Student workload expectation



課堂講授



In-class Hours



課程前後



Outside-of-class Hours



1



(2/21)



Overview



Introduction:



Motivation to study international finance



(FT Ch. 12)



Lecture



3



3



2



(2/28)



Holiday



3



(3/6)



Overview



Overview: Determination of the exchange rate



(FT Ch. 13)



Lecture



3



3



4



(3/13)



Determination of the exchange rates



Monetary approach



(FT Ch.14)



Lecture



3



3



5



(3/20)



Asset approach



(FT Ch.15)



Lecture



3



3



6



(3/27)



Balance of payments



Measurement of macroeconomic activity



(FT Ch.16)



Lecture



3



3



7



(4/3)



Holiday (Children’s Day)



8



(4/10)



1st Midterm



FIRST MID TERM



1st Midterm



3



0



9



(4/17)



Balance of payments



Gain from financial globalization



(FT Ch. 17)



Lecture



3



3



10



(4/24)



Exchange rate regimes



Fixed versus floating



(FT Ch.19)



Lecture



3



3



11



(5/1)



Exchange rate crisis



(FT Ch.20)



Lecture



3



3



12



(5/8)



Recent Topics



Topics in international macroeconomics



(FT Ch.22)



Lecture



3



3



13



(5/15)



2nd Midterm



SECOND MID TERM



2nd Midterm



3



0



14



(5/22)



Presentation of research papers



 



Presentation 1



Presentation



3



3



15



(5/29)



Presentation 2



Presentation



3



3



16



(6/5)



Presentation 3



Presentation



3



3



17



(6/12)



Presentation 4



Presentation



3



3




 



Class Attendance: Class attendance is strongly recommended. Students registered for the course who do not regularly come to class may receive a grade of ND. However, I do not take attendance in a regular basis and the grades are granted based on exams.



 



Policy on missed exam: The dates of the midterm and final exams are fixed. Students who experience a serious medical condition that requires immediate attention from a physician, or an emergency that prevents them from taking the exam may be excused. However, students must contact the instructor before the exam and must verify their condition by official documents. No exceptions will be made for job interviews, holiday travel, or other non-academic activities. When a student is properly excused from an exam, no make-up exam will be offered. Instead, his or her course grade will be adjusted based on other exams and homeworks.



 



Policy on Regrading: If, after reviewing the exam answers, a student feels that there is a grading mistake on his or her exam, that student can submit a re-grade request. The student must submit a written discussion within one week from the time at which the exams are handed back. When regrade request is accepted, the entire exam will be regraded, which could lower the score as well.



 



Academic Dishonesty: Cheating hurts our community by undermining academic integrity, creating mistrust and fostering unfair competition. The university will punish cheaters with failure on an



assignment, failure in a course, permanent transcript notation and/or expulsion. Violations can include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments without permission, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery, falsification and lying.



 




Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

TBD


Requirement/Grading

Evaluation:




  • Participation: 10 percent

  • Midterm 1: 30 percent

  • Midterm 2: 30 percent

  • Paper (or term project presentation): 30 percent



 



Paper and term project proposal presentation:



Students are required to present an academic paper from the reading list, which will be distributed in the first class. Depending on the number of the students, the students can form a group. The timeline of the schedule is as follows:



Week 9: Choose the paper from the reading list



Week 12: Submit the progress report (draft of presentation slides)



Week 14-17: Presentations



Based on the paper presentations, the students can present their own term projects. The replication of the academic papers could be proposed as a term project.



 



Class participation:



All students should submit a report for each presentation. The previous and next (groups of) students are required to ask the questions during the presentation. Submission of the report and questions will be added up to determine the score of participation.


Textbook & Reference

The main textbooks are



“International Economics (4th Edition)” by Robert Feenstra and Alan M. Taylor


Urls about Course
NCCU E-learning website (https://wm5.nccu.edu.tw) Relevant class material will be posted on the course website. Homework assignments and notifications will be also available there.
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