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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title International Trade and Business
Module Code EF310
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kate Hynes
Semester 2: Kate Hynes
Autumn: Kate Hynes
Module TeachersTony Foley
Kate Hynes
Robert Gillanders
Edgar Morgenroth
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module focuses on the basic concepts of international trade where the overarching interest is what determines the flow of goods, services and capital across countries. This module explores the factors that shape trade patterns from both a theoretical and empirical viewpoint. Concepts will be discussed intuitively, graphically and mathematically.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand why countries trade, what countries trade and who gains from trade.
2. Explain how and why governments intervene in trade.
3. Demonstrate and contrast the economic effects of trade policy instruments such as tariffs, quotas and export subsidies.
4. Examine the determinants of foreign direct investment.
5. Understand the dynamics of international trade and the changing geopolitical environment in which policies exist.
6. Identify and critically appraise major recent developments in the world trading system.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study75No Description
Assignment Completion26No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Ricardian Model

Specific Factors and Income Distribution

The Heckscher-Ohlin Model

The Standard Trade Model

External Economies of Scale

Firms in the Global Economy

The Instruments of Trade Policy

Trade Policy

Nominal and Real Exchange Rates

Output and the Exchange Rate in the Short Run

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class Testn/a30%n/a
Performance evaluationn/a10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Feenstra and Taylor: 0, International Trade,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFBA in Accounting and Finance
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BSBachelor of Business Studies
BSEBachelor of Business Studies (Exchange)
BSIBusiness Studies ( with INTRA )
EBCBA in Global Business (Canada)
EBFBA in Global Business (France)
EBGBA in Global Business (Germany)
EBSBA in Global Business (Spain)
EBTBA in Global Business (USA)
EPLBA in Economics, Politics and Law
EPLNBA in Economics, Politics and Law
EPLYABA in Economics, Politics and Law (Int)
INTBBachelor Business Studies International
Date of Last Revision13-JAN-11

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