International Financial Management

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Castaldi
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 15:40
End: 16:55
Field Work: Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro - Wednesday, 20 November | Brazil
Prerequisites: Corporate Finance (or similar upper division introductory finance course) Download Syllabus

This upper division seminar will introduce business students to the fundamentals of international finance. Topics to be covered include an introduction to the global financial environment, foreign exchange theory and markets, foreign exchange rate exposure, financing the global firm, and international investment decisions. Emphasis will be placed on current challenges and opportunities involving international finance with particular focus on the regions we visit during the voyage. The required text will provide a framework for lectures, class discussions, case analyses, and experiential exercises.

Field Work

Country: Brazil
Day: 1 - Rio de Janeiro - Wednesday, 20 November

  The morning talk and Q & A with the Brazilian Incubator staff will be an enlightening session for our business and finance students to talk about the financing and marketing issues the Incubator program assists with these entrepreneurial start-ups. Questions such as what are unique problems that confront growing a business in the favelas in an "informal" economy will generate key insights. After this session, lunch will be productive discussing our morning activities. There will be ample opportunity to interact with Incubator entrepreneurs during the afternoon sessions on the entrepreneurship fair. We will embrace and also learn from the other events at the local Cultural Center celebrating local foods, films, music, wines, dancing, etc during this Day of Black Consciousness celebration. Our students will learn about financing and managing Afro-Brazilian start-ups, including many who compete in the favelas participating in the growing informal economy. We will all learn much and have unique insights in to the cultural celebration we are fortunate to witness in person with the local entrepreneurs and others involved in the Day of Black Consciousness celebrations.