This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
The Course “International Economics” is designed to provide an overview of the international economic situation as it has evolved in recent decades, with a focus on the principal economic problems which bring policymakers and businesspeople together. The focus will be truly global in nature, insofar as the issues tackled will be of equal import to students who will be working in any area of the globe. The course assumes that, as International Studies majors, students will be most interested in the role of policymaking, but it will also provide training relevant to a future role as a business executive.
The course will seek to provide an overview of global trade flows, and of the primary international and national institutions which have a hand in regulating these. Something of the history of major institutions (such as the IMF), and major agreements, such as GATT/WTO, will be addressed. Each week, the primary foci of the course will be the intersection between national and international interests in the global economy, and the intersection between corporate and sector interests with national and international regulation. Specific problems to be addressed include Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Policy, Lobbying, Balance of Payments issues, Exchange Rate Regulation, and Debt Crises. The theory, policy tools, and outcomes of intervention by governments and corporations in each of these arenas will be explained, with the aim of providing students with a sense of precisely what problems, and what solutions, they can expect to encounter as members of international government and business administrations.
Students learn to develop a basic familiarity with key institutions in the global economy, and with some of the history of how the current globalized economy got to the stage it is at. They also become familiar with the primary spheres in which governmental and corporate interests interact at the national and international levels, and most importantly, with the main policy tools which are available to governments regarding the regulation of business.
Another goal of this course is to allow students to capitalize on the area studies economics courses which they had in the previous semester, and to note how the problems faced by their area in fact have echoes and parallels now throughout the global economy. Many of the concepts introduced in previous economics courses, such as Balance of Payments issues, will now be explored and explained in more depth, so that students will now be able to understand, on a theoretical and practical level, why these issues matter to many of the world’s most powerful people.
It is understood that many students will find the concepts in our International Economics textbook to be disconcerting, even frightening, at first. A major goal of this course is to walk students though these concepts each week, in clearly-constructed and nonthreatening lectures, with the goal of helping to empower students with the knowledge that even something as seemingly impenetrable as ‘international economics,’ can become comprehensible to them. It is therefore hoped that students will realize that economics is an indispensable, important, and nonthreatening part of the international regulatory heritage.
The timetable will be available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Lecture and tutorials
Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.
Tutorial: 30%, of which: participation: 5%, presentation: 10%, short essay: 15%
Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.
Henk Jager and Catrinus Jepma, Introduction to International Economics, Second Edition, Palgrave.
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