Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Topics in International Economics

Course unit code: 570425

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Juan Tugores Ques

Department: Department of Economics

Credits: 5

Single program: N



Prior considerations


Teaching in Spanish/English.

Specific and updated bibliographical references for each block will be published in the Virtual Campus.



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning






Students are recommended to have passed an intermediate-level subject in international economics and to have passed the compulsory subject International Economics in the master’s degree.



Competences to be gained during study


— Capacity to recognize and identify economic and business problems in different areas of commerce, finance and technology, their implications in the management of companies and institutions, and their short- and long-term effects, in order to assess available options and determining factors.

— Capacity to identify and evaluate the relationships between the different areas of complex global realities in order to make recommendations and take appropriate decisions.

— Ability to select data and empirical information to solve specific problems and make sound proposals in the different fields of internationalization (economic, commercial, legal and political).

— Capacity to tackle business and/or institutional situations and problems that have an ethical component through critical reflection, understanding the repercussions of history and the mid- and long-term effects of decision-making, to be able to explain and communicate available alternatives.

— Creative and entrepreneurial capacity to analyse situations, to create and manage projects and proposals by incorporating knowledge and attitudes particularly relevant to the challenges of internationalization.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Analyse the causes, mechanisms and consequences of the internationalisation of economic relations and its sociopolitical implications.

— Analyse the new trade and financial realities associated to globalisation, and the changes in the regulation of the international organisation of production.

— Analyse the implications of new monetary and financial realities, particularly those that became apparent with the crisis, and the strategic functioning of the international monetary and financial system.

— Further the understanding of analytical approaches to the study of global international realities, of the empirical results and contrasts and the connections with more traditional approaches.



Teaching blocks


1. New realities and new rules: internationalisation and globalisation

2. International trade: traditional analysis and new reality; Heterogeneity-based approaches; International trade in services

3. Multinationalisation of production; Trade, investment and multinational organisation of production; Trade in tasks and global value chains

4. Debates on competitiveness

5. Distributive consequences of globalisation

6. World trade system; Protectionism and regionalism in world economy

7. Macroeconomics and international finances; Transmission mechanisms; Role of exchange rates

8. International financial system; Proposals to reform the international monetary and financial system

9. External instability in global economy; Explications and implications

10. International financial crisis; Causes, mechanisms and post-crisis scenarios

11. Monetary integration; The euro experience: lessons and implications

12. Globalisation, growth and development; New approaches; Diagnosis and growth strategies



Teaching methods and general organization


In each session, the lecturer presents the basic elements of each topic, the most relevant analytical and empirical contributions and ongoing controversies. For each of the blocks and topics, announced in advance at the Virtual Campus together with the corresponding references, students are expected to participate actively.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


— Essay on one of the topics on trade, previously suggested by the student and approved by the lecturer (40% of the final grade).

— Essay on one of the topics on finances, previously suggested by the student and approved by the lecturer (40% of the final grade).

— Participation in the sessions which reflects on the assignments and degree of maturity of the topics chosen (20% of the final grade).


Examination-based assessment

Single assessment consists of two essays, one on the trade section and another on financial topics. Students must submit their topics of interest to the lecturer for approval.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB

Electronic text

Se trabajará sobre artículos académicos y estudios e informes de referencia, que se podrán encontrar especificados y actualizados en unas guías de cada sesión que se publicarán en el Campus Virtual.