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International Business Administration

Ausgewählte Themen in Banken & International Finance: Die Zukunft der Banken

Name of module in english: The future of banks

Exam number: 6082

Semester: from 4th semester (Schwerpunktbildung)

Duration of the module: One Semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: irregulary

Prerequisites: The students should be able to analyze macroeconomic shocks in the IS-LM-model and the AS-AD-model in a verbal, graphical, and formal way. The students should be able to master microeconomic concepts such as profit or utility maximization. Furthermore, the students should have some background in statistics and should be able to construct and interpret confidence intervals, hypotheses tests, and univariate regressions. All courses from the "basic studies / Grundlagenausbildung" should be completed. It is beneficial to complete one other course of the module group “Banking and International Finance” before taking this seminar. But this is not a prerequisite.
You have to register by sending an E-Mail to until the 4th of April 2020. This deadline is also valid for all Erasmus / fx-students. Please use your Viadrina E-mail address if possible. Erasmus / fx students may also register via their private E-Mail address in case that the Viadrina E-Mail account is not set up yet.

  • The time you send the E-Mail serves as ONE decision criterion whether you are in or out.
  • Furthermore, we take into consideration whether you have completed a course in the module group "Banking and International Finance" in a previous semester.
  • In order to increase the diversity and heterogeneity of the participants a few places are reserved for Erasmus /fx-students.
After registration via E-Mail we will register you in the Moodle system. You cannot enroll in Moodle by yourself. Via the Moodle system you will receive all information/reading material for the course.
Capacity limit: 16 students

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Georg Stadtmann

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Georg Stadtmann

Language of teaching: German AND English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (Lecture, tutorial etc.) 14 h; self-study: 166 h

Contact hours (per week in semester): 2

Methods and duration of examination:
- Participation in class (weight: 10 %):
- A complete submission of a seminar paper (weight: 70 %)
- Oral presentation (weight: 20 %) The paper as well as the slides have to be prepared by the software LaTex. It is not allowed to use Word or PowerPoint.

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to some of the most widely used models used to characterize the current situation within the German banking sector. We will examine the main drivers of the industry and try to shed light on the question about the future of German banking. In relation to the study program's qualification profile, the subject explicitly focuses on:
- Gain knowledge about a balance sheet of a bank and its main drivers.
- Gain knowledge about the risk in banking.
- Gain knowledge about innovations in the bank sector.
- Gain knowledge about recent drivers of the banking industry with respect to digitalization.
In order to strengthen the competencies to independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialization a written seminar paper has to be delivered at the end of the semester. This will also strengthen the skills to structure economic thinking and to communicate with professionals and non-specialists in a written form.

Contents of the module:
Lecture 1: Introduction: How to write a seminar paper
Lecture 2: The incentive to innovate
Lecture 3: Situation im deutschen Geschäftsbankensektor
Lecture 4: Rolle der Geldpolitik der EZB und der Fed
Lecture 5: Micro versus macro prudential regulation
Lecture 6: tba
Lecture 7: tba

Teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and seminar, self-studies

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Hull, John C. (2018): Risk Management and Financial Institutions, 5th ed., Wiley Finance Series, Hoboken New Jersey
Stadtmann: MobilePay versus Swip
Selected papers

Further information:
You have to register by sending an E-Mail to