ECON 3506 - International Trade III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course deals with the theory and practice of international trade and of trade-related policies. It focuses on analysing the gains from trade, the changing patterns of trade, the income distributional consequences of liberalising foreign trade, the relationship between trade, investment, and economic growth, and the reasons for and consequences of trade policies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 3506
    Course International Trade III
    Coordinating Unit Economics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 2506 or ECON 2514 or ECON 2516
    Assessment Typically tutorial assignments, mid-term test & final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Aditi Roy


    Madeleine Pemberton:

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in the theory of international trade as well as international trade policy and to demonstrate the relevance of the theory in the analysis of (a) existing patterns of international trade and what determines them, (b) the conduct of trade policy and (c) the economic implications of international trade and trade policy both for individual economies such as Australia and the wider international community.


    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Compare at the level of formal analysis the major models of international trade and be able to distinguish between them in terms of their assumptions and economic implications.
    2. Employ the principle of comparative advantage and its formal expression and interpretation within different theoretical models
    3. Apply partial equilibrium and (where required) general equilibrium models in analysing the economic effects of (a) trade policy instruments such as tariffs, quotas, export subsidies, (b) retaliatory measures such as anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties and (c) the creation of regional trading arrangements such as free trade areas, customs unions and common markets.
    4. Distinguish and critically analyse the main arguments for protection and conversely be able to critically evaluate the relevance and realism of arguments for free trade, taking into account the costs and benefits of trade policy measures on different sections of the community and the implications for the formulation of trade policy.
    5. Identify major recent developments in the world trading system, and be able to critically analyse key issues raised both by the current round of WTO negotiations and by the spread of regional trading arrangements.
    6. Develop communications skills through the presentation of your work, interactions during tutorial sessions, and appropriate use of the discussion.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    1) International Trade: Theory and Evidence by Markusen, Melvin, Kaempfer and Maskus, Mcgraw Hill, 1995

    *** This textbook is available free of charge and may be downloaded from:

    2) International Trade, Feenstra and Taylor, Macmillan, 2017

    Recommended Resources

    This is a course in international trade theory and policy. As such, almost any advanced text on trade can be useful as authors often present similar material in varying and creative ways. You should not hesitate to refer to differing sources should you need further clarification beyond the above two texts.

    For the mathematical representations as well as more rigorious treament of the models discussed, an excellent resource is by Robert Fenstra, Advanced International Trade, Macmillan.

    Online Learning
    MyUni - 

    Other online Resources:

    International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development: 
    The World Bank: 
    Alan Deardorff’s Glossary of International Economics Terms:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Learning in this course is through lectures, tutorials, and personal study.

    The lectures will provide you with the necessary understanding of the material to be able to solve the exercises you will be given during tutorials or exams.

    Tutorials represent an important learning component of the class. Students are expected to work through the assignments and prepare solutions to be discussed during the tutorial time.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lectures: 2 Hours per week
    Tutorials: 1 Hour per week

    Study textbook 4 hours per week
    Prepare homework answer 4 hours per week

    Learning Activities Summary
    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures 1-5
    Tutorials 1-6

    Lecture Schedule

    Part I Introduction Chapters
    Wk 1 Introduction - 
      Feenstra & Taylor
    Technical Concepts -

    1 - 4
    Wk 2 Why do countries trade? -
    5 - 6
    Part II Theoretical Analysis of International Trade
    Wk 3 The Classical Model: Differing Technologies - 
      Feenstra & Taylor

    Wk 4 & 5 The Heckscher-Ohlin Model  -
      Feenstra & Taylor

    Wk 5 & 6  The Specific Factors Model -
      Feenstra & Taylor

    Mid Semester Examination
    Wk 7 Government Policies as the Determinants of Trade -

    Wk 8 Imperfect Competition as the Determinant of Trade and the Gains from Trade -
      Feenstra & Taylor

    Wk 9 Increasing Returns to Scale -
      Feenstra & Taylor

    Part III Trade Policy
    Wk 10 Tariffs  -

    Quotas and Other Non-tariff Barriers -

    Week 11 Imperfect Competition, Increasing Returns and Strategic Trade Policy -

    Preferential Trade Areas

    Week 12 The Political Economy of Trade Policy
      Feenstra & Taylor

    Administered Protection

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weight Length(Word, Time) Learning Outcomes
    Assignment 1 Week 4  10% Varying 1 - 4
    Mid-term Exam Week 7 20% 80 Minutes 1 - 4
    Engagement activities* Weekly 20% 60 Minutes/Week 1 - 4
    Assignment 2 Week 7 10% Varying 1 - 4
    Final Exam TBA 40% 180 Minutes 1 - 5
    Total 100%
    Engagement Activities consist of weekly quizzes and active participation in tutorials.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    1. Legible handwriting and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the midterm and final examinations because of poor handwriting.

    2. The 11 online quizzes must be completed prior to the due date to count toward assessment. Students may make as many attempts on each quiz as he or she wishes prior to the due date and only the highest score from the attempts will be recorded. Your final quiz score will be the average of your eight best online quizzes will be counted.

    3. Hurdle - Students are required to score at least 40% on the final exam to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail


    Engagement activities (consists of online quizzes and Participation) 20%

    Weekly Online Quizzes
    Weekly – except week 1
    The tutorial quizzes component of the assessment will be based on marks received for short online quizzes that will occur each week except week 1. Of the 11 quizzes, only the best 8 will be counted toward assessment. Prior to each quiz due date, students may make as many attempts as he or she wishes. Only the highest score from any attempt is counted.

    Active tutorial Participation
    Weekly – except week 1
    Best of 8 would be counted out of 11

    Mid-term Exam 20%
    This test will assess the topics of Weeks 1-6 (inclusive). It will be 80 minutes in length. It will consist of problems similar to those discussed during tutorials and may also include multiple-choice questions. Further details regarding the date and medium would be announced in MyUni

    **Failure to sit for the midterm test will result in receiving zero points** 

    Assignments 20%
    There will be two written assignments due at the close of week 4 and week 7. The material covered by the assignment will be selected from weeks 1 through 6 (inclusive). Details regarding the content, format, requirements and due dates for the assignment will be provided on my uni.

    Tutorial Exercises - Non-graded
    Weekly – except week 1
    Tutorial exercises will be made available on MyUni during the week prior to the tutorial. You will be asked to prepare some exercises before going to your tutorial. Please be aware that this preparation is important as it will improve your learning during the tutorial and will contribute towards a dynamic environment where students and tutors will interact more actively with one another. These exercises are not to be submitted or graded.

    Final exam 40%
    This exam may assess all topics covered in the course and may use a variety of formats, including multiple-choice questions, mathematical problems, and short answer questions. Details regarding the precise structure will be posted on MyUni. 

    Further details will be provided on MyUni.

    1- No late assignment accepted. Exceptional circumstances will be evaluated by the lecturer in charge on a case-by-case basis and should be discussed whenever possible at least 48 hours before the due date. Failure to hand in an assignment on time will lead to a zero mark.

    2 – Extensions and alternative assessment conditions for students with disabilities:
    It is your responsibility to contact lecturer, in the first 2 weeks of the semester and provide them with a copy of your Access Plan.
    You do not have an automatic right to extensions for assignments. You must apply for extensions in the designated way at least 2 weeks before the due date for the assignment. The usual extensions available to students with disabilities is 2 days over the regular due date of the assignments.

    3 – All assignments must be submitted electronically via MyUni. Hand written assignments may be scanned for submission

    4 – Each assignment should be accompanied by a cover sheet.

    5 - Medical reports from only Australian registered medical practitioners are accepted. See for the list of acceptable medical practitioners:
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Additional Assessment

    If a student receives 45-49 for their final mark for the course they will automatically be granted an additional assessment. This will most likely be in the form of a new exam (Additional Assessment) and will have the same weight as the original exam unless an alternative requirement (for example a hurdle requirement) is stated in this semester’s Course Outline. If, after replacing the original exam mark with the new exam mark, it is calculated that the student has passed the course, they will receive 50 Pass as their final result for the course (no higher) but if the calculation totals less than 50, their grade will be Fail and the higher of the original mark or the mark following the Additional Assessment will be recorded as the final result.
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