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ECON13-303: International Trade January 2018 [Standard]

General information

International Trade is the most rapidly growing component of world production. Increasingly, diplomatic resources are being used to negotiate smoother passages for world trade. This subject introduces simple but powerful theories of why countries produce and export the products they trade. The notion of comparative advantage is fundamental. Discussion covers the distributional implications of trade and the subsequent attempts to intervene in trade to alter the domestic distribution of income. Specific examples from Australian industry and government policy are discussed. Please note the CODE for this subject was previously IBUS13-351.

Changes due to Commonwealth Games: The University has marginally altered the timetable for the January semester of 2018 (181) to ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018. The modified timetable has been designed to not impact on overall subject or program learning outcomes. Some subjects may be delivered in a slightly modified mode to accommodate the change. Specific arrangements will be included on the iLearn site for each subject. All changes to the class schedule have the full approval of University and Academic Unit administration and will not adversely affect student learning or assessment.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ECON13-303
Subject title:International Trade
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x11 (Total hours: 22) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: It is very important that students attend both the weekly lecture and tutorial. While there are no formal attendance requirements, missing classes would seriously disadvantage students.


Prescribed resources:
  • Reinert, K. (2012). An Introduction to International Economics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify and explain the basic models of international trade - how they work and what role they play in illustrating gains from trade and patterns of trade.
  2. Identify and discuss how international trade affects the overall welfare of nations, including income distribution effects in developed and less developed economies.
  3. Articulate and refute common fallacies regarding international trade.
  4. Describe the various trade policy tools available to governments, and evaluate the costs and benefits associated with the implementation of such trade policies.
  5. Apply knowledge and theory to practical examples and case studies, and analyse outcomes.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Skills Assignment First Homework 10% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Mid-semester Examination 30% Mid-Semester Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Skills Assignment Second Homework 10% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Final Examination 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

Late submissions will normally not be accepted. Homeworks will be collected at the start of the lecture in the specified week and/or as prescribed. Please make sure your work is stapled together.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Please note that the final exam is comprehensive. That is, all material taught over the whole semester is examinable. Please note that with the mid-semester exam all material taught up until that point in the subject is examinable (except for the material taught in the Week 6 lecture). Note that the exams are CLOSED BOOK. You may, however, bring in calculators and non-electronic dictionaries. Note that calculators must not be capable of recording text. Please plan to be here throughout the exam period. If you have plans to be away during some part of the exam period, you had better change them ASAP.

Subject curriculum

Chapter 1 (no tutorial)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Chapters 2 and 3

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Chapter 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Chapter 6, 1st Homework Due

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Class Notes

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

No lecture and no tutorial

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Chapters 7 and 8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Chapters 9 and 10

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Chapters 20 and 21, 2nd Homework Due

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Approved on: Nov 23, 2017. Edition: 1.2