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Module ASB-4411:
International Banking

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

15 Credits or 7.5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Prof Jon Williams

Overall aims and purpose

Aims: To examine the origins of international banking, the activities of international banks, the markets in which they participate, and the sources of risk in international banking.

Course content

Overview of financial management at modern banks; Current trends and impacts of foreign banks; Origins and evolution of international banks and markets; Evaluating country risks; The location decision; Diversification, risk and value; Syndicated lending; Financial crises; Issues in international bank regulation; Issues in executive compensation.

Assessment Criteria


A basic knowledge of course material.


In addition to the above, an ability to write analytically on specific issues


In addition to the above, the ability to illustrate and enhance arguments and analyses through the use of relevant supporting evidence drawn from the established literature.

Learning outcomes

  1. Examine the relationship between bankers’ pay and firm performance.

  2. Comprehend the current debate on regulating international banks.

  3. Evaluate the risks facing international banks.

  4. Appraise why, where and how banks go abroad and identify outcomes.

  5. Critically examine cases of market failure in international banking.

  6. Understand the functions of modern banks and how they are managed.

  7. Discuss the emergence and evolution of international banking.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Coursework 25
Final Exam Mark 75

Teaching and Learning Strategy


One 2-hour lecture per week plus a one hour workshop.

Private study 120

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: