EC246-5-AU-CO:
International Trade Institutions and Policy

The details
2023/24
Economics
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
21 August 2023

 

Requisites for this module
EC111 or EC100
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

(none)

Key module for

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)

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, international migration, policies and negotiations.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To provide a basic understanding of how the global trading system works and how political decisions regarding its functioning are made.

  • To develop students' analytical skills and their ability to find and synthesise information from a variety of print and online resources.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to:



  1. Have obtained insights into some of the most important issues of international trade policy, and of the role of the main international agencies involved in their resolution.

  2. Have deepened their understanding of the world economy.

  3. Have improved their written communication skills in preparing the term paper for the course.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week, in one term.

Bibliography

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.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment  26/01/2024  100% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Timothy Hatton, email: hatton@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Arsham Reisinezhad, email: arsham.reisinezhad@essex.ac.uk.
Lectures: Prof Tim Hatton (Autumn) & Dr Arsham Reisinezhad (Summer)
For further information, send an email message to ueco@essex.ac.uk.

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

Mr Georgios Papadopoulos
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Economics

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