Programme des cours 2017-2018
International Trade Economics
Durée :
15h Pr, 30h Th
Nombre de crédits :
Master en sciences économiques, orientation générale, à finalité5
Master en sciences économiques, orientation générale5
Nom du professeur :
Joseph Tharakan
Langue(s) de l'unité d'enseignement :
Langue anglaise
Organisation et évaluation :
Enseignement au premier quadrimestre, examen en janvier
Unités d'enseignement prérequises et corequises :
Les unités prérequises ou corequises sont présentées au sein de chaque programme
Contenus de l'unité d'enseignement :
1. Introduction
The aim of this course is to familiarise students with economic reasoning applied to international economic relations. Using economic models, it introduces students to the economic logic behind trade policies and the effect of international business on countries and individuals.

2. Course content
- The role of technology in trade flows
- The Hecksher-Ohlin model
- Equilibrium on world markets
- Trade policy
- Imperfect competition models
- The political economy of trade policy
Acquis d'apprentissage (objectifs d'apprentissage) de l'unité d'enseignement :
Upon completion of the course, students should : - understand the main reasons for observing trade flows between countries - be able to explain the impact of globalisation on income distribution and the possible effects on trade policies - be able to explain what trade policy instruments countries can use and their effects
- be able to establish how firms will be impacted by foreign competition and how they can adapt themselves
Savoirs et compétences prérequis :
This course requires from students that they are interested in understanding the economic logic of international economic relations.
Students taking this course should have a good background in microeconomics.
Activités d'apprentissage prévues et méthodes d'enseignement :
Mode d'enseignement (présentiel ; enseignement à distance) :
1. Approach followed
The course consists essentially of lectures. Certain points are illustrated by current news items.

Students are advised to:
- prepare lectures by reading the relevant chapters of the textbook
- attend classes (Powerpoint slides downloadable from Lola before each lecture are deliberately incomplete)
- make sure that they are capable of explaining with precision each element of economic logic developed during classes.

2. Course schedule
The class format is 2 hours each week. The exam is held during the month of January.
Lectures recommandées ou obligatoires et notes de cours :
Powerpoint slides will be available to download before each lecture.
Modalités d'évaluation et critères :
1. Evaluation criteria Evaluation will be based on a closed book open questions exam (85%) as well as a number of homework assignments during term (15%).
Exam evaluation will be based on the student's - capacity of understanding economic reasoning as well as the capacity of explaining it in an accurate and concise way; - capacity to apply economic concepts and reasoning to international economic relations as well as to comment on current events and debates in the news
2. Evaluation calendar The exam takes place during the month of January (first session) as well as in August (second session).
Stage(s) :
Remarques organisationnelles :
Lectures are taught in English during the first semester.
Contacts :
Professor: Joseph Tharakan - e-mail:
Assistant: Jérôme Schoenmaeckers e-mail: Jérô Ph: 04 366 29 65 Office: B. 31 - 1.56
Notes en ligne :
Powerpoint slides
Powerpoint slides are available before each lecture on Lola