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Module ASB-3201:
International Banking

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Prof Jon Williams

Overall aims and purpose

To provide a practical understanding of the economic and strategic features of international banking, the markets in which international banks operate, and how and why international banks are regulated.

Course content

Introduction to international banking; Comparative banking system; International consolidation and mergers in banking; Country risk analysis; Market structure and bank performance; Market Structure, Competition, and Stability; International financial crises---theory; International financial crises---cases; International financial regulation --- theory; International financial regulation --- applications.

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. To understand why banks carry out international transactions in particular market segments.

  2. To understand why and how banks expand abroad.

  3. To identify and understand the different types of risk facing international banks and how to measure these risks.

  4. Comprehend the nature and role of international bank regulation.

  5. Understand the causes of international financial crises and how banking systems are affected.

  6. Appraise the policy prescriptions of international financial institutions in trying to resolve international financial crises.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Assignment 25
Exam S1 2hrs 75

Teaching and Learning Strategy


One 2-hour lecture per week.


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: