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ECON8047 – International Trade

2022 – Session 2, In person-scheduled-weekday, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Cong Wang
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ECON632 or ECON6032 or ECON633 or ECON6033 or ECON649 or ECON6049 or ECON991 or ECON8091 or MGNT603 or ACCG6003 or MGNT809 or MGMT8009
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines international trade both in theory and practice. It aims to provide students with an understanding of major trade issues around the world and the effects of globalisation on international trade in general. The unit is taught in two parts. Firstly, it reviews theories related to inter- and intra-industry trade and the relevant empirical evidence. Secondly, the unit discusses trade policies, covering a wide range of topics, illustrated by theories as well as historical and contemporary data and cases.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Distinguish between major trade theories and policy measures.
  • ULO2: Apply trade concepts and theories to trade-related issues and evaluate their impact on stakeholders.
  • ULO3: Evaluate the impact of trade-related issues with a specific focus on the trade-offs between efficiency and equity.

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Submission Penalty (written assessments) 

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a grade of ‘0’ will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11.55pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern.  

For any late submissions of time-sensitive tasks, such as scheduled tests/exams, performance assessments/presentations, and/or scheduled practical assessments/labs, students need to submit an application for Special Consideration.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Presentation 20% No Week 13
Online Discussion 15% No Weekly
Assignment 40% No Week 10
Online Quiz 25% No Week 7

Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 20%

 

Students are asked to give group presentations on a particular problem/issue on international trade.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between major trade theories and policy measures.
  • Apply trade concepts and theories to trade-related issues and evaluate their impact on stakeholders.

Online Discussion

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 15%

 

Five online discussions will be held throughout the session, where students are expected to post a 500 word discussion summary on iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between major trade theories and policy measures.
  • Apply trade concepts and theories to trade-related issues and evaluate their impact on stakeholders.

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 40%

 

The assignment will include application/discussion questions regarding a specific trade issue related to the trade-off between efficiency and equity.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between major trade theories and policy measures.
  • Apply trade concepts and theories to trade-related issues and evaluate their impact on stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the impact of trade-related issues with a specific focus on the trade-offs between efficiency and equity.

Online Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 25%

 

The Online Quiz will take place in week 7 and will include multiple choice questions based on lecture topics covered in weeks 1-5.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between major trade theories and policy measures.
  • Apply trade concepts and theories to trade-related issues and evaluate their impact on stakeholders.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Each week, there will be a up to 2-hour long seminar covering weekly teaching materials. Starting in Week 2, we will also discuss questions regarding the lecture topics from the previous week. In preparation, students are required to read each week's reading material and watch the recorded lecture videos. Selected students will participate in the weekly held discussion forum on iLearn. Answers to these questions will be available in the following week. There may be additional readings in order to assist students in discussing these questions.

Unit iLearn

Material for the unit, such as lecture recordings and slides, will be available to students on the unit iLearn site at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. Students are strongly encouraged to check the unit iLearn page weekly for announcements as well as the unit schedule, additional readings, assessment information, and discussion questions and answers.

Prescribed Textbook:

• Feenstra, Robert C. and Taylor, Alan M. (2021), International Trade, 5e, Macmillan Learning. ISBN: 9781319382865

Other Recommended Textbooks:

• Pugel, T. A. (2014), International Economics, 16th ed., McGraw-Hill

• Krugman, P., Obstfeld, M., and Melitz, M. (2017) International Economics: Theory & Policy, 11th ed., Pearson.

Useful Websites:

• Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, www.dfat.gov.au

• Australian Bureau of Statistics, www.abs.gov.au

• International Monetary Fund, www.imf.org

• Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, www.oecd.org

• The Economist, www.economist.com

• The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), www.unctad.org

• World Trade Organisation, www.wto.org

• World Bank, www.worldbank.org

 

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Results

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