ECW3291 - Multinational trade and investment - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics


Dr Michael Yap

Not offered in 2017


Multinational corporations and their role in the international economy; theories of international trade and the characteristics of Australia's role in the international economy; theories of internationalisation of firms; forms of international business; the impact on trade patterns of foreign direct investment; locational choice for multinational corporations; regional trade groups and their impact on trade and investment; the institutional environment of international business including the World Bank and World Trade Organisation.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand welfare gains that accrue from international trade and the losses associated with barriers to trade
  2. understand characteristics of Australia's participation in the international economy
  3. understand the role of international institutions like the IMF, WTO and World Bank
  4. understand motives and operation of regional trade groups
  5. understand various modes of entry available to multinational corporations.


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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