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AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade (8)

Abstract

This subject provides an introduction to international agrifood trade policy and competitiveness. It begins with an exploration of the basic theoretical framework for understanding the benefits of trade, and will explore indepth why there are barriers to trade and why international trade rules are so important. It then examines agriproduct trade policy with a particular emphasis on new trade barriers and the role of the World Trade Organisation. The subject looks at issues related to international competitiveness including competitiveness theory, transaction cost economics and international supply chain management. The subject also looks at the importance of managing commodity prices, the various factors that affect commodity prices and analyse a risk management strategy policy.

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Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to relate the theoretical basis of international trade to contemporary trade issues;
  • be able to integrate elements of competitiveness theory and transaction cost economics to improve international agriproduct trade;
  • be able to explain the basis of agricultural protection and its impact on agricultural trade;
  • be able to explain and critically analyse the role of the International Trade Agreements involving agriproducts and the growth of new barriers to trade;
  • be able to evaluate the importance of managing commodity prices, the various factors that affect commodity prices and analyse a risk management strategy policy.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
  • the theory of international trade (classical, neo-classical, strategic, political economy of protectionism, constitutional political economy of trade)
  • an overview of agriproduct trade policy (trade-distorting agricultural policies, agricultural trade in WTO and new trade barriers, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements);
  • issues of agriproduct international competitiveness (competitiveness theory, transaction cost economics, international supply chain management);
  • approaches for commodity pricing (importance of managing commodity prices, the various factors that affect commodity prices, and analysing risk management strategy policy).

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 24 November 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.