Introduction to Financial Economics

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Financial Economics

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Finance, International Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may not take this course if enrolled in EC259

    Students wishing to enroll in this course must have completed an introductory course in economics and two semesters of calculus

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The aim of this course is to provide a general introduction to financial institutions, markets and instruments. The course examines the roles of the principal types of financial institutions in the retail, wholesale and international banking, building society, and finance house sectors; the principal investment institutions; the basic structure and operation of the principal Irish and global financial markets: equity, bond, money, foreign exchange, futures and options markets. This course is also designed to introduce the basic principles of financial economics by examining the relationship between finance and the real resources and objectives of an organization; agency theory; and the theory of the maximisation of shareholder wealth. Finally, the course provides an introduction to investment analysis by developing an understanding of the economic characteristics of the principal forms of financial instrument issued or used by companies and the ways in which they may be issued and valued; and the characteristics and uses of financial futures, options, and swaps.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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