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Unit of study_

ECON6008: International Money and Finance

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study provides analytical and theoretical frameworks for understanding various problems and current issues in macroeconomics in the global economy. The unit builds on ECON5001 and ECON5002 at a more advanced and specialised level with a focus on international/open-economy aspects of macroeconomics. The first part of the unit deals with economic foundations, following this there is a focus on qualitative, empirical or quantitative analysis using contemporary models. Topics to be covered include foreign exchange markets, interest parity, exchange rate determination and intervention, goods market and money market, the international monetary system and the role of central banks.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ECON6008
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
(ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON5002 or ECON6002 or ECON6702) and (ECMT5001 or QBUS5001 or QBUS5002 or ECMT6002 or ECMT6702)
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Denny Lie,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Online Quizzes
4 online quizzes, multiple-choice questions
20% Multiple weeks 10-20 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Monitored test
Mid-semester test
Online, monitored test
40% Week 08
Due date: 21 Apr 2023 at 18:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Quantitative Project
Numerical project based on a quantitative open-economy macroeconomic model
40% Week 13 3-5 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High Distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a Credit a good standard, and a Pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 National income accounting, balance of payment, exchange rates, and the foreign-exchange markets Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 02 Money, interest rates, and exchange rates Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 03 Price levels and exchange rates in the long run Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 04 Output and exchange rates in the short run, Part 1 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 05 Output and exchange rates in the short run, Part 2 & fixed exchange rates Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 06 Fixed exchange rates, foreign exchange intervention & financial globalization Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 08 Mid-semester test Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 09 Introduction to quantitative analysis (QA) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 10 MATLAB/Dynare session Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 11 QA 1: A canonical closed-economy model Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 12 QA 2: Open economy, Part 1 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 13 QA 2: Open economy, Part 2 Seminar (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Textbook: Krugman, Paul, M. Obtsfeld, and M. Melitz, International Finance: Theory and Policy, Global Edition, 12th Edition. Pearson. ISBN 9781292417004.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the theoretical models that form the body of contemporary international macroeconomics
  • LO2. understand and apply international macroeconomic models to various economic problems and issues
  • LO3. understand the associated empirical implications and policy issues
  • LO4. apply quantitative analysis to various issues in international macroeconomics.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The materials in the last five sessions (quantitative analysis) have been thoroughly updated based on student feedback.


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