Module Identifier RS10210  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Peter Midmore  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor Peter Midmore, Mr Garth Hughes, Professor Michael Haines  
Pre-Requisite RS10110  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours   70%  
  Essay   1,500 words   30%  
  Resit assessment   WIRS departmental policy applies    


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Syllabus / Curriculum design
The 24-lecture, 4-seminar course will consider farm business analysis and the changing nature of rural business; production economics; rural economic development issues and policies; agriculture and the macroeconomy; the theory of comparative advantage and the balance of agricultural trade; green monetary issues; the Uruguay round of the GATT, the World Trade Organisation, agricultural trade liberalisation and the environment.

Brief description
This module will provide a more detailed examination of trading relationships and business founded on agricultural and other natural resource-based commodities.

Reading Lists
BRASSLEY, P. (1997) Agricultural economics and the CAP: an introduction. Blackwell Science
GARDNER, B. (1996) European agriculture: policies, production and trade. Routledge
GILES, A K. (1990) Getting out of farming? Part 1: farm managers. University of Reading: Farm Management Unit
HARDING, R. (1997) One semester economics. Blackwell
ERRINGTON, A J and TRANTER, R. (1991) Getting out of farming? Part 2: the farmers. University of Reading: Farm Management Unit