International Trade - ECON5490

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Maria Garcia-Alonso checkmark-circle


This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of current issues and theoretical debates in international trade, together with their policy implications. It also provides the knowledge and skills necessary for interpreting related studies of countries at different levels of development.

International trade is a key issue on the world agenda and has considerable effects on countries' economies. The effects occur at the micro level of firms and households as well as at the macro level, where they are the subjects of government policy debates. International Trade takes advantage of the tools of economic analysis, which are common to other areas in economics, to study the issues raised by the economic interaction between sovereign states.


Contact hours

Private Study: 133
Contact Hours: 17
Total: 150


This is an optional module for all Single and Joint Honours Degree courses in Economics.

The module is NOT available to students across other degree courses in the University

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (1250 Words) (15%)
Essay 2 (1250 words) (15%)
Examination, 2 hours (70%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% exam

*for the 23-24 academic year exams will be in-person*

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Understand the traditional and modern theories that explain the existence of inter-industry and intra-industry trade
2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of current issues and theoretical debates in international trade, together with their policy implications.
3. Critically evaluate theoretical and empirical studies concerning international trade
4. Understand and evaluate the relevance of the different instruments of trade policy
5. Critically review, assess and evaluate world trade negotiations


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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