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Economics (ECON) 476

International Finance (Revision 6)

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Revision 6 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version.

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Delivery Mode:Individualized study online.


Area of Study:Social Science. ECON 476 can be used as Applied Studies (Business and Administrative Studies) by credential students only.

Prerequisite:ECON 248

Télé-université du Québec equivalency: ECO 1010

Centre:Faculty of Business

ECON 476 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course, International Finance, which is relatively broad in scope, should provide you with a firm grasp of the topical issues in the world of international finance. The course is divided into nine units, with each unit serving a distinct purpose, and covering topics that range from balance of payments to economic policies to the International Monetary System.


The course material is divided into nine study units. These units are as follows:

Unit 1: The Balance-of-Payments Accounts

Unit 2: The Foreign Exchange Market

Unit 3: The Monetary and Portfolio Approaches to External Balance

Unit 4: Price Adjustments and Balance-of-Payments Disequilibrium

Unit 5: Economic Policy under Fixed Exchange Rates

Unit 6: Economic Policy under Flexible Exchange Rates

Unit 7: Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply in the Open Economy

Unit 8: The Choice of Fixed or Flexible Exchange Rates

Unit 9: The International Monetary System


Your final grade in ECON 476 will be based on your performance on three quizzes, two assignments, and a final examination. The passing grade for the Final Examination is 50 percent. To receive credit for ECON 476, you must achieve an overall course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of each assessment activity is indicated in the table below.

Quiz 1 Quiz 2 Assign 1 Quiz 3 Assign 2 Final Exam Total
5% 5% 15% 5% 15% 55% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Appleyard, D. R., Field, A. J., & Cobb, S. L. (2010). International economics (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin. (ISBN 9780073511344 – Out of print June 2013)


A custom printed reproduction (in two volumes) of the Appleyard/Field/Cobb textbook:
International Trade International Finance, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2., ECON 475/476, Athabasca University, Faculty of Business. McGraw-Hill Create. (ISBN 9781259085017)

Other Materials

Students will access all other course materials online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision May 10, 2011

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Last updated by SAS  09/17/2013 12:37:16