TRADE 7004 - Principles of International Trade and Development

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2016

This course is concerned with the relationship between trade and development, and more specifically with development-related issues in the WTO and regional trade arrangements. The course will provide an overview of how trade can contribute to achieving economic growth and more sustainable and equitable development when framed by the appropriate domestic and international policies and measures. It will analyse how the GATT/WTO system has evolved to take into account the interests and concerns of developing countries. Development-related issues currently being treated in the WTO will be presented and discussed, including agriculture, NAMA and services; and the Trade Facilitation initiative. It concludes with an analysis of appropriate trade related development strategies to enhance more sustainable economic development.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code TRADE 7004
    Course Principles of International Trade and Development
    Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade
    Term Trimester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 x 1.5 day intensive modules
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Quota A quota of 35 applies
    Course Description This course is concerned with the relationship between trade and development, and more specifically with development-related issues in the WTO and regional trade arrangements. The course will provide an overview of how trade can contribute to achieving economic growth and more sustainable and equitable development when framed by the appropriate domestic and international policies and measures. It will analyse how the GATT/WTO system has evolved to take into account the interests and concerns of developing countries. Development-related issues currently being treated in the WTO will be presented and discussed, including agriculture, NAMA and services; and the Trade Facilitation initiative. It concludes with an analysis of appropriate trade related development strategies to enhance more sustainable economic development.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Uwe Kaufmann

    Location: Level 6, 10 Pulteney Street
    Telephone: +61 8 8313 6900
    Fax: +61 8 8313 6948
    Email: uwe.kaufmann@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Identify and analyse some of the major underlying causes of poverty in developing countries, the challenges they face and potential solutions that can assist in achieving sustainable economic development
    2 Identify and analyse differing perspectives on the necessary conditions for trade measures to effectively contribute towards poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
    3  Discuss developing country issues within the context of the WTO, including GATT, GATS and their major agreements.
    4 Evaluate comparative advantages and the value of multilateral as distinct from regional or bilateral preferential trade agreements in assisting developing countries in achieving sustainable development.
    5 Develop a holistic understanding of the complex relation between trade and development so as to identify trade related development strategies which are context specific and can assist developing countries achieve poverty alleviation through sustainable economic growth.
    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)
    1,2,3,4,5
    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
    1,2,3,4,5
    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
    3,5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5
    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
    1,2,3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    TBA 4 weeks before the first lecture.
    Recommended Resources
    TBA 4 weeks before the first lecture.
    Online Learning

    Other online references will be given during the course.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will provide an interactive environment of online modules, presentations, discussion and debate. Throughout the course there will be online modules, lecture presentations and/or video presentations followed by group work, group presentations and discussions.
    Workload

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

    The Institute requires students undertaking this course to attend all three modules and to successfully complete all e-modules. This course comprise of approximately 36 contact hours (structured learning). In addition to time spent in class, students of TRADE 7004 are expected to devote an additional 120 non-contact hours to study and research work in this course as well as to successfully complete online modules.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Module Topic Dates
    1

    • Course overview and assessment
    • An introduction to globalisation, international trade and development
    • International trade, development and investment theory and application
    • The relationship of international trade, investment and sustainable development
    Friday 04 March 2016

    Saturday 05 March 2016
    2

    • The World Trade Organisation (WTO), GATT and GATS
    • Benefits for Developing and Least Developed Countries
    • Multilateralism and Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs)
    Friday 01 April 2016

    Saturday 02 April 2016
    3

    • Presentation of final project
    • Summary of international trade and development aspects
    Friday 22 April 2016

    Saturday 23 April 2016
      Specific Course Requirements
      As this is an intensive and highly interactive course, the Institute requires students undertaking this course to attend each of the three modules and to successfully complete all online modules.
      Small Group Discovery Experience
      Throughout lectures and seminars, there are small group activities and exercises requiring students to either problem solve, share their experiences or debate specific trade and development issues as they arise.  The final assignment requires students to work in small groups or in pairs sharing research findings and useful material on the topic they have been allocated.
    • 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
      There are four (4) components to the assessment for this course. Each part of the assessment is compulsory. 
      Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
      Online quizzes Formative

      Ongoing

      20% 1,2
      Class Participation Summative Ongoing 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6
      Country report (Part A: Discussion and preliminary country presentation)

      Country report (Part B: Formal submission)
      Formative 05 March 2016



      25 March 2016
      30% 1,2,3,4,5,6
      Final Report (Presentation)


      Final Report (Submission)
      Summative 22-23 April 2016


      End of term (date TBA)
      40% 1,2,3,4,5,6
      Assessment Detail
      The course consists of four (4) formal assessments:

      Online Quizzes 20%
      Students will be required to complete online assessments on MyUni.

      Class Participation 10%
      Students will be assessed on their in-class contribution to topic discussions, work in small groups, contribution to discussion board on MyUni as well as for their ability to demonstrate knowledge and application of required readings throughout the course.

      Country report 30%
      This assessment requires students to work in groups. Groups will be selected on Friday, 04 March. This country report is the first part of the final report. Groups are to prepare and present a country report to developing partners, outlining the challenges the country faces. The assessment is split into two components:

      Part A: As part of their groups, students will discuss the trade and economic characteristics of a developing country of their own choosing and present a preliminary country presentation to their class. The class, acting as members of the developing partner, will provide feedback which should be taken into account for Part B, the formal submission of the country report.

      Part B: Taking into account feedback from the class received during the presentation, each group will formally submit their country report outlining the trade and economic characteristics of the country with a focus on the main challenges the country faces.

      Final country report 40%
      This assessment builds on the country report and students will continue to work in their groups. Groups are to prepare and present a final country report to developing partners, outlining a strategic development plan that tackles the challenges the country faces. The assessment is split into two components:

      Part A: As part of their groups, students will present the strategic development plan to their class. The class, acting as members of the developing partner, will provide feedback which should be taken into account for Part B, the formal submission of the final country report.

      Part B: Taking into account feedback from the class received during the presentation, each group will formally submit their final country report which provides a strategic development plan with a focus on how the main challenges the country faces can be addressed to achieve sustainable economic development.

       

       




       


      Submission
      Assignments must be submitted through:

      1.  Turnitin on MyUni

      All assignments must be presented professionally with clear headings, appropriate referencing and using one and a half spacing.

      Extensions will only be granted if requests are received in writing to the course coordinator at least 24 hours before the final due date unless they are requested on medical or compassionate grounds and are supported by appropriate documents.

      Your assignment must include the IIT assignment cover sheet which can be downloaded from MyUni under “Assignments”. Each page must be numbered with your student ID and name.

      Please contact the course coordinator, preferably by email, at any time to make an appointment for assistance or guidance in relation to course work, assignments or any concerns that may arise. Assignments will normally be returned two weeks after they have been submitted.

      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.

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