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Students will augment their understanding and knowledge of the emerging markets that help future managers/economists make better investment decisions in emerging markets.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 19.02.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Svetlana Ledyaeva

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Svetlana Ledyaeva

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Emerging economies will likely provide substantial growth opportunities for global investors. But the risks of investing in these economies are not only substantial but also different from those in developed economies. The objective of this introductory course on emerging markets is to provide students with a basic conceptual framework and practical knowledge regarding investments in emerging markets. The unit of analysis of the course ranges from countries to multinational and domestic companies in emerging markets. The course deals with macroeconomics, but also focuses on the unique political and institutional context in emerging and frontier markets. The course consists of four interrelated modules that affect growth and business opportunities in emerging markets.
        First module helps to understand the process of economic growth and development, and in so doing develop the ability to analyze an emerging market at the level of the country.
        Second module concerns institutional context of investment decisions in emerging markets.
        In third module, we will examine companies working in emerging markets and how they must manage investment risks as well as develop strategies to overcome the institutional weaknesses of the environment.
        Finally, in fourth module, we will have four round tables where students will present their individual reports on chosen emerging countries and will be asked to take the perspective of different decision-makers, such as politicians, investors, and managers.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Spring 2021:
    Presentation of individual essay-report at round-table 15%
    Individual essay-report on a chosen emerging country 35%
    Term Paper 40%
    Participation in four round-tables 10%.

    Spring 2022:
    Presentation of individual essay-report at round-table 15%
    Individual essay-report on a chosen emerging country 35%
    Exam 40%
    Participation in four round-tables 10%.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 22h
    Home assignments (round-tables) 15h
    Individual essay-report on a chosen emerging country 65h
    Preparing for lectures 20h
    Revision/self study 19h
    Preparation for exam 15h
    Exam 4h
    Total 160


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Articles, book chapters, etc. as specified by the instructor.



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course is only for students who have completed their Bachelor's Degree.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth