Seminar on International trade policy
|Course code module||MMIBD-520|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Instructor(s)||Dirk De Bièvre|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||semester exam in June|
|Contract restriction information:||exam and credit contract not possible|
- You keep yourselves informed about current international economic affairs and you are interested in assessing conflicting explanations of evolving events.
- You are able to apply abstract generalising statements to concrete cases.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
- You will be able to assess competing explanations for several central questions in international political economy.
- You will be able to assess the utitlity of the assumptions underlying these explanations.
- You will be able to assess whether the empirical evidence brought forward does in fact support the postulated explanation.
3. Course content
- This is a reading course. We will be reading two texts dealing with the same question in a different manner and sometimes with contradictory answers.
- Special attention will go to the internal logic of the argument as well as the relevance of the empirical evidence.
- Some of the questions covered will include: Why do political actors liberalise external trade policy? Why is trade policy delegated to agents in the executive to such a large extent? Why do some interest groups have more influence on trade policy than others?
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Seminars (possible question and answer sessions)Skills training
Personal work: Assignments - individualAssignments - in group
5. Assessment method
Continuous assessment: Assignments
Written assignment: With oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
- The texts will be made available via Blackboard.
7. Recommended reading - study material
- Regular reading of the Financial Times and/or The Economist.
- Blackboard discussion forum
- After the course on Thursdays (11.30)
laatste aanpassing: last update: 23/10/2006 16:11 dirk.debievre