Trade Policy and Politics

Subject 166-546 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of International Politics, Postgraduate Diploma / Certificate or Honours in Political Science.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Mr David Lewis Henry Morgan


David Morgan
Subject Overview: This subject examines the politics and governance of international trade. It explores the domestic and international dimensions of trade policy-making and the growing complexity of the 'trade agenda' in national and international politics. It examines the evolution of the multilateral trade system since World War Two and the contemporary challenges that confront the World Trade Organization, with special attention to the concerns of civil society organisations and developing countries. The subject examines some of the perennial problems in the trade system, as well as new issues and concerns, such as trade and the environment, labour rights, intellectual property, and investor-state disputes. Finally, the subject explores the emergence of regional trade blocs and 'free trade agreements' and their consequences for the multilateral trade system.
  • have developed an understanding of the international trade system and its key institutions,
  • have developed an understanding of how trade policy is developed, and the impact of trade politics on the policy process,
  • be able to explain some of the key problems in contemporary trade policy.
Assessment: A 500 word briefing paper worth 10% (due in September), and a 4500-word essay worth 90% (due during the examination period).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • apply research skills and critical methods,
  • develop persuasive arguments,
  • communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively.
Notes: Formerly available as 166-546. Students who have completed 166-546 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of International Politics
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)

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