International Trade Institutions and Policy

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
04 January 2021


Requisites for this module
EC111 or EC100



Key module for

BA L100JK Economics,
BA 9O47 International Economics (Including Placement Year),
BA L115 International Economics,
BA L160 International Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L163 International Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC 5H18 International Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC L116 International Economics,
BSC L161 International Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC L162 International Economics (Including Year Abroad),
MECNL132 International Economics,
MECNLC32 International Economics (Including Placement Year),
MECNLC33 International Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L108JK Management Economics

Module description

This module studies the world trading system and the most important international institutions involved in the control of international trade.

It considers their organisational structure, their powers and objectives and the impact of their activities on member countries - and others. It focuses on the period since the Second World War. The institutions considered are the GATT, the UNCTAD and, in much more detail, the WTO. The course will also discuss recent controversies over the activities of these organisations as well as aspects related to the applied analysis of trade data, policies and negotiations.

Module aims

This course aims to develop students analytical skills and their ability to find and synthesise information from a variety of print and online resources. It will also provide a basic understanding of how the global trading system works and how political decisions regarding its functioning are made.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have obtained an insight into some of the most important issues of international trade policy, and of the role of the main international agencies involved in their resolution. On completion of the course students will have deepened their understanding of the world economy. They will also have improved their written communication skills in preparing the term paper for the course.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

2 lectures per week in one term.


  • Krugman, Paul R.; Obstfeld, Maurice; Melitz, Marc J. (2018) International trade: theory & policy, Boston: Pearson Education.
  • Hoekman, Bernard M.; Kostecki, M. M. (c2009) The political economy of the world trading system: the WTO and beyond, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Eike Eser, email:
Lecture: Eike Eser
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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131 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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