1. Evaluate the factors leading to the rise of international trade
The courseware should contain the following three main parts, plus a brief introduction and conclusion.
1. Theories on FDI (40%)
2. Costs and benefit of FDI (general discussions) (30%)
3. Trend analysis of FDI data for your chosen country or countries with reference to world trend (30%)
Proper citation is expected. See: http://www.citethemrightonline.com.
Assignment type: report.
- Report (30%): to be submitted online by the end of week 24 (Friday, April 3rd) on the topic below, assessing learning outcomes 5 – 10.
Topic: Although historically most FDI has been directed to developed nations, FDI into developing nations has increased significantly over past 20 years. Discuss main theories explaining FDI and examine costs and benefits of FDI using FDI data from World Bank database for a country of your choice. (About 3000 words).
World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org/ . Go to “Data” section, search for “Foreign direct investment, net inflows (% of GDP)” using the “Find an indicator” window. It will direct you to FDI data for most countries in the world. You choose one country of your interest.
The courseware should contain the following three main parts: Theories of FDI, Costs and benefits of FDI, Trend Analysis of FDI data of country of choice, plus a brief introduction and conclusion.
- Theories on FDI
- Costs and benefit of FDI (general discussions)
- Trend analysis of FDI data for your chosen country or countries with reference
to world trend.
On completion of this module the successful students will be able to:
1. evaluate the factors leading to the rise of international trade;
2. explain trade theories and assess the pros and cons of free trade and protectionism;
3. explain and assess how the world trading system works;
4. evaluate the welfare effects of economic integration & regional trading blocs;
5. explain FDI theories and analyse impacts on home and host countries;
6. critique on firm strategies, structure and business operations in response to the changing world trade conditions.
This module will call for the successful student to be able to:
7. conduct research on trade figures and interpret the findings
8. evaluate information from news articles or magazines to find examples of how individual countries are adopting (or violating) their free-trade agreements.
9. present their research findings clearly in written form
10. formulate possible business strategies in response to a particular world trade environment
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