Trade Policy Politics & Governance

Subject POLS90012 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week. If enrolments exceed 35, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment:






Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects:

166-546 Trade Policy Politics and Governance

Core Participation Requirements:

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Mr Peter Gallagher


Mr. Peter Gallagher

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 theories of trade and protection and theories of trade policy-making. It examines the evolution of the multilateral trade system since World War Two and the contemporary and future challenges that confront the World Trade Organization. The subject examines some of the perennial problems in the governance of the global trade system, as well as new issues and concerns, such as trade and the environment, trade and development, and agenda-setting and decision-making in the WTO. 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.

A 1-hour class test equivalent to 1000 words (20%) due during semester, a 1500 word desk review done as a group assignment (30%) due late semester, and a final essay of 2500 words (50%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed.Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment for this subject.Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment that is submitted after the due date and up to 10 working days late without an approved extension will be marked on a pass/fail basis only. Assessment that is submitted later than 10 working days will not be accepted or marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

Recommended Texts:

World Trade Organisation, The World Trade Report 2007

(can be downloaded free from the WTO website)

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.
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of International Relations
Master of Journalism
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 point program - full time over 18 months
200 point program - full time over 18 months
200 point program - full time over 24 months

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