Sustainable Finance

General information about the course
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Philip Valta
Degree /  Credits BSc / 4 ECTS
Prerequisites: mandatory (recommended) Completed introductory study. "Valuation" is recommended.

‹Sustainable Finance› can be credited on the BSc stage as a proseminar with 4 ECTS. The final grade is a weighted average of the following (weights in parentheses):
- Research paper (70%);
- Presentation (each member, as well as the group) (30%);

The goal of this course is to equip students with the tools and methods so that they know how to i) read and understand a scientific paper, ii) relate a paper/topic to the relevant literature iii) write their own research paper, and iv) present their paper in front of other students.

We will work on these objectives using the topic of Sustainable Finance. Sustainable finance, broadly understood as long-term oriented financial decision-making that integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations, has been attracting increasing attention in recent years, not only from specialists, but also from mainstream finance circles. The course offers an overview and framework of the central themes and mechanisms of sustainable finance. We will discuss the theoretical foundations for corporate ESG policies and actions and investors’ preferences regarding such policies and actions, and how such policies and actions affect firm performance and investor reactions.
Latest Syllabus Syllabus FS 2022 (PDF, 453KB)
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