TRADE 7005 - Agriculture and Food in International Trade
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code TRADE 7005 Course Agriculture and Food in International Trade Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade Term Winter Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 1 week intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Quota A quota of 50 applies Course Description This intensive course is a core course for the Masters in International Trade and Development (MITD) and is also offered as an elective for students pursuing other degree paths at the University of Adelaide. The course is central to the MITD because no student can claim competence in the trade and development area without understanding fully the important area of agriculture and food's role in economic development and international trade. Understanding agricultural policy models, the role of intergovernmental organizations, how supply chains operate in concrete situations and the growing impact of new impediments to trade such as those manifested in private standards are all key to appreciating today's globalized market for agriculture and food. Finally, the food and agriculture area is one that has witnessed dramatic transformation in markets and methods in recent years with retailers gaining an ever greater influence over production and distribution decisions. As with other core courses in the MITD program, this course is designed to give graduates an extra competitive edge by providing them with a practical and case study based background in global production and trade in food and agricultural products. Students' exposure in the course of the week to several different and practically experienced experts as lecturers helps to guarantee development of a strong in-depth background in the topic.
Course Coordinator: Dr Uwe Kaufmann
Mr Andrew Stoler Mr Graeme Thomson Mrs Lakmini Mendis Mr Yves Renouf Mr Theo Simos
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesInternational trade in agricultural goods and food involves a set of highly specialized business skills with a great deal of variability in expertise from one product to another. Varying from bulk transport of commodities to specialized high-value niche products, each product brings its own challenges and needs and the course looks at the full supply chain for different types of goods.
On successful completion of this intensive course, students will be able to:
1 Appreciate and explain different national models for agricultural production and trade and their implications for the trading system; 2 Understand and interpret special agricultural trade policies and policy instruments; 3 Explain how agriculture and reforms affect economic development and food security – with a special focus on the developing world; 4 Understand how global food processors and retailers manage the supply chain; 5 Understand how value chain analysis can be applied in specific sectoral contexts to help in the identification of export opportunities; 6 Appreciate changing global patterns of consumption and distribution of food and how market access is affected by private standards; 7 Gain an in-depth view into the operations and governance of global markets for food and agriculture; 8 Research the practical applicability of concepts addressed in the course to real life situations in international trade and investment
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Required ResourcesThere are no textbooks for this course. Required readings will be provided shortly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course will be presented by way of ten sessions of approximately three hours each and will include a review session at the end of the intensive week.
Teaching will be partly by way of lecture and partly on the basis of a discussion of case studies. Please ensure you bring your reading and reference materials to the classes, and use the classes to address any questions that you may have.
To successfully pass your course, you will need to allocate an appropriate time commitment to your study. In addition to the formal contact time required for each of your courses (e.g. intensive modules delivered by lectures, case studies and group work), you will need to allocate non-contact time.
Non-contact time will be required for a range of activities which may include, but are not limited to, assessment tasks, reading, researching, note-taking, revision, writing, consultation with staff, and informal discussions with other students.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Students in this course are expected to attend all classes throughout the intensive week-long course and to do extensive background reading from the course reader. Please refer to Access Adelaide for your timetable and enrolment details .
In addition to time spent in class and reading materials required for active participation in the class, students will be required to write an extensive take-home essay as the assessment project for this course. Overall, students in TRADE 7005 should expect to devote a minimum of 36 contact hours and 156 non contact hours to study in this course.
Learning Activities Summary
Taught as a one-week intensive course, each day will be split into 2 different sessions.
For course content, see Required Readings for details
Specific Course Requirements
Students in this course are expected to attend all classes throughout the intensive week-long course and to do extensive background reading from the course reader.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
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All assignments must be presented professionally with clear headings, appropriate referencing and using one and a half spacing.
Extensions are normally only granted on medical, compassionate and extenuating circumstances and are supported by appropriate documents. Requests for extensions, where possible, must be received in writing by the course coordinator at least 24 hours before the final due date. Late submissions will be penalised.
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.
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
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