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Trade Policy Politics & Governance (POLS90012)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOLS90012
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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 system. 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.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • apply research skills and critical methods;
  • develop persuasive arguments;
  • communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively.

Last updated: 2 August 2019