Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
International Trade and Trade Policy
Academic Year
Semester 1
MM11220 or EC10120 (together with EC10320 or EC10510 together with EC10610)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 Hours.
Other 2 Hours. Debate


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  80%
Semester Assessment One piece of coursework - 2500 words  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  80%
Supplementary Assessment One piece of coursework - 2500 words  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Have a knowledge of the structure, pattern and growth of world trade.

* Understand the determinants of trade and empirical evidence.

* Appreciate the arguments for and against globalisation.

* Have a knowledge of the impact of protective measures on economies and companies.

* Understand the rationale behind the formation of economic blocs.

* Appreciate the role of the WTO and its dispute settlement procedures.


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the underlying causes of trade patterns, trade policy issues, the role of the WTO and the formation of regional economic blocs.

Brief description

This module introduces students to the structure, patterns and growth of international trade and its causes, globalisation and the role of trade policy and the WTO as well as examining the reasons for regional economic blocs and their implications.


  • Introduction - world trade, structure, pattern growth
  • The determinants of trade patterns
  • Globalisation and trade policy
  • Trade policy instruments
  • The role of the WTO
  • Regionalism and the world economy

Transferable skills

More specifically by taking this module students will enhance several transferable skills. Attendance at lectures should help note taking. Essay writing will enhance writing as well as time management skills and problem solving. The debates should also enhance teamwork, communication and presentational skills and reinforce further time management skills. The inclusion of web sites and encouragement to use the library fully should help to enhance basic IT and research skills.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Appleyard, D and Field, A J International Economics 4th edition McGraw Hill Primo search Ingham, B International Economics: A European Focus FT Prentice Hall Primo search Kreinin, M E International Economics 9th Edition South Western Thompson Primo search Sawyer, W C and Sprinkle, R L International Economics 2nd edition Pearson Prentice Hall Primo search
Supplementary Text
Kerr, W A and Perdikis, N. (1995) The Economics of International Business Chapman and Hall Primo search Winters, L A International Economics 4th Edition Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6