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Module Code: ECO304
Module Title: International Trade
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: International Business School Suzhou
Pre-requisites: ECO216ORECO224ECO216
The aim of this module is to develop in students a good understanding of the main trade theories, their assumptions, implications, applications and limitations. The module provides students with essential skills to engage in an analytical discussion of the impact of trade patterns, trade policies of government, foreign direct investment and the World Trade Organization on the economies of both developing and developed countries.
Learning outcomes 
A. Understand recent empirical information regarding international trade and investment flows, including the ability to critically appraise and characterize such flows.
B. Understand and critically appraise the main theories of international trade, the gains from trade

C. Understand and critically appraise the consequences of various trade policy interventions instruments and their effects on economic well-being.

D. Discuss, present, and critically evaluate different theories in light of available data.

Method of teaching and learning 
There will be weekly lectures/presentations (2 hours) and a tutorial (1 hour).

During the module, there will be group assignments where students are organised in group to look up and process relevant information for the topics covered in a particular week for a country of choice (subject to data availability). Each groups have to hand in assignments during the module (graded by group, total 10% of the grade). Applying theory and methods to a particular country is an insightful and motivating experience.

The students will be organised in groups to co-present their group assignments (5% of the grade). Student presentation is evaluated by group. Getting more experience in and becoming more comfortable with presenting or discussing in front of a group in English is a crucial learning experience.

Introduction to International Trade (including The World Economy)

Globalisation and The Balance of Payment

Technology: Classical Approach

Technology: Neoclassical Approach

Factor Abundance and Trade

Imperfect Competition

Intra-Industry Trade

Investment and Migration

Trade Organizations and Policy

Regional Trade Agreements

International Firms

Geography and Gravity

Growth and Competitiveness

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     12      112  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Midterm Exam 15.00
2 Written Assignment 15.00
3 Presentation And Discussion 15.00
4 Final Exam 55.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/6/2020 9:59:52 PM