Spring 2022 - ECON 446 D100

Seminar in International Finance (3)

Class Number: 3962

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    BLU 11911, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    WMC 3510, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 201 or 301, ECON 305 and ECON 345, all with a minimum grade of C-.



Focus will vary from term to term. Quantitative.


This course surveys a variety of topics in international finance and open-economy macroeconomics. The course is divided into three main parts. The first part will discuss international capital flows. The second part will discuss theories of exchange rate determination. The final part of the course will focus on policy issues. The topics here are flexible, and will depend on current events. Students should stay informed about ongoing developments in the global economy. 

The format of the course will be a mixture of traditional lecture material and classroom discussion. Participation in the class discussion is required. The course will presume that students are comfortable with analyzing economic models. 


  • Group Project 30%
  • Midterm 35%
  • Final Exam 35%



There is no textbook for this course. Much of the lecture material will be based on a manuscript by Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe and Martin Uribe, which will be available online. Several shorter popular press articles will also be posted online as we go along.


Department Undergraduate Notes:

Please note that, as per Policy T20.01, the course requirements (and grading scheme) outlined here are subject to change up until the end of the first week of classes.

Final exam schedules will be released during the second month of classes. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the entire final exam period until you receive confirmation of your exam dates. 

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.


Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.