TRADE 7003 - Research Methods in International Trade
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code TRADE 7003 Course Research Methods in International Trade Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade Term Trimester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 36 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Research Methods in International Trade Policy is a course designed to assist making the transition to the Masters of International Trade and Development studies at the University of Adelaide. The first component of the course reviews the different approaches to learning, academic reading and note taking in the various disciplines. It includes a component on critical thinking skills required to make sense of the vast literature on international trade, much of which presents data in sophisticated ways. Activities include memo writing, report writing, assignment writing, and preparation of trade policy papers. The second component addresses the fundamental research skills which are required by students to access relevant data across the three primary disciplines of international relations, economics and law.
The course is delivered through a blended learning approach with teaching materials and online modules provided through the MyUni course page. Students are expected to complete all online modules prior to the face-to-face sessions.
Course Coordinator: Dr Naoise McDonagh
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Identify, critically analyse and develop the evidence necessary for making effective and durable trade policies. 2 Develop broad knowledge of international trade resources and research techniques for application in further trade courses and professionally upon course completion. 3 Distinguish between different kinds of resources associated with law, political context and the economics of international trade. 4 Gain skills required to design and undertake trade policy research projects, including associated capacities for effective electronic database and online searches in the international trade analysis and trade policy environments. 5 Find and present international trade information in ways that are effective in policy and analytical contexts and which are meaningful to the targetted audience.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4,5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3,5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required Resources*** NOTE WELL***: In order to cover a wide range of research methods related topics, students are asked to undertake individual preliminary readings and research before class.
It is expected that students spend at least two to three hours of preliminary reading before each face to face session. The below suggested list of readings should be considered by each student.
Recommended ResourcesThis course is an introduction to the concepts and methods relevant to trade research. The supplementary texts mentioned here will help you to better understand the material we will discuss in class and will help you, after the course, to continue to improve your understanding of trade analysis
1. Familiare yourself with the basic principles of social science research by reading the following (available online from the library):
* Chaps 1-4 in Guthrie, Gerard (2010) "Basic Research Methods: an entry to social science research", Dehli, London: Sage.
* Bhattacherjee, Anol (2012) "Social Science Research: Methods, Principles and Practices", Tampa: Textbooks Collection.
2. Students with no background in international economics or trade may wish to to read an introductory text before starting the classes.
* “International Trade: Free, Fair and Open?”, is an OECD publication that contains an easy introduction to the concepts and the data. It is FREELY AVAILABLE in different formats here http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/trade/international-trade_9789264060265-en
* Alternately (or as well) students should consult the introductory chapters of a standard textbook (available in the Library or frequently at second-hand bookstores) such as Chapter 1 of “International Econmics” by Krugman and Obstfeld (Addison-Wesley – several editions)
3. Students not familiar with the structure and content of the WTO Agreements, could read at least the second chapter of ‘Understanding the WTO’ that can be found on-line here: http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/utw_chap2_e.pdf
* Students should also acquaint themselves with the content of at least Articles I - III of the GATT (1947) that can be found at http://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/legal_e/gatt47_01_e.htm
4. Any elementary statistics text will provide the basic descriptive statistics needed as a preliminary for this course. Students with no previous background in statistics or probability will improve their understanding of the concepts introduced by consulting a good introductory text such as “Statistics Essentials for Dummies”, by Deborah Rumsey, available in many bookshops and on line (e.g. Amazon.com) for about $20 or less.
* A good, introductory, on-line (free) text covering this same material is “Concepts and Applications of Inferential Statistics” at http://vassarstats.net/textbook/
5. Students may find these Excel spread-sheet models of static equilibrium analysis of trade interventions helpful: https://sites.google.com/site/jgilberteconomics/Home/excel
6. Students should be familiar with, and to practice, good English grammar and expression. A suitable modern grammar such as Patricia T. O’Conner’s “Woe is I” (the latest edition, 2009, published by Penguin Putnam is available from many large bookstores e.g. Dymocks. The on-line price is $19.95 plus shipping).
This course relies heavily on the use of on-line research materials. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a wifi-enabled device (preferably a laptop or tablet) to class to follow along with the demonstrations.
For more information about the organizations whose publications we will use, the best sources are their websites:
World Trade Organization www.wto.org World Bank www.worldbank.org/research/trade Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development www.oecd.org International Trade Centre www.intracen.org Food and Agriculture Organization www.fao.org United Nations Conference on Trade and Development www.unctad.org
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe Learning & Teaching modes of this course will comprise of a mix of online and face-to face modules. These will include group work and presentations, discussions and debate.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This is an intensive course that will introduce (or re-introduce) economic, statistical, political-economy concepts and research techniques that students may have not acquired in their undergraduate learning but that are essential for professional trade and public policy analysis and development.
Overall, students will be expected to devote more than 40 hours to reading, research and assignments in preparation for classes, during and following the classes.The Institute expects students undertaking this elective to devote an additional 15 -20 hours to preparatory reading. Students are expected to set aside time before and after the classes to complete the preliminary reading and assignments.
The reading materials provided are intended to help students with no background in these areas to acquire the basic level of competence needed to support other studies that are part of the Masters of International Trade and Development course.
Learning Activities SummaryThis course is divided in three modules. The main goal of Modules 1 and 2 is to help you to get skills at doing research in international trade. Additionally, discussion of research topics will be held during the lessons. In Module 3, we will give a practical view on how to write your own research project.
Assignments will be detailed in Canvas (TBA).
Specific Course RequirementsThe Institute expects students undertaking this course to attend all classes.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
# Assessment Task Due date Task Type Weight Learning Outcomes 1 Active participation Throughout trimester Formative 10% 1-5 2 Assignments and tasks Check MyUni course page Formative 40% 1-5 3 Presentation TBC Formative 15% 5 4 Peer assessment TBC Formative 5% 5 5 Final report End of Trimester Summative 30% 1-5 Total 100%
Assessment Detail1) Students are assessed on their active participation during class and on the discussion board of the MyUni course page throughout the trimester.
2) Students are assessed based on assignments and tasks provided by the lecturer – details and deadlines are to be provided on the MyUni course page.
3) Students are assessed based on the presentation of their research output.
4) Students are assessed by their peers based on the presentation of their research output.
5) Students are assessed on their final research project.
SubmissionAssignments must be presented professionally with clear headings, appropriate referencing and using one and a half spacing.
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