ECC3690 - International economics - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics


Associate Professor Christis Tombazos

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Investigation of economic interaction between countries in the context of international exchanges of commodities and assets. Topics include the balance of payments, nominal and real exchange rate determination, international capital movements, foreign debt, structural reform and adjustment policies in the open economy, the gains from international trade, inter-industry trade, tariff policies.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. essential features of international trade and asset exchanges
  2. effects of international commodity and capital flows, and of protectionist policies, on domestic economic welfare and other objectives; the foreign exchange market and the specific roles of exchange rates in asset markets and commodity markets
  3. implications of international interdependence for the conduct of national stabilisation policies and thus be able to form factual assessments and constructive criticism of public policy and debate concerning open economy issues.


First semester -

Within semester assessment: 30% + Examination: 70%

Second semester -

Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


ECC2000 and ECC2010 or equivalent


ECC4369, ECF3121