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2020/2021  BA-BPOLO1281U  International Economics

English Title
International Economics

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Daniel Borowczyk-Martins - Department of Economics (ECON)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 02-09-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Explain basic concepts in International Economics in a comprehensive and intuitive way.
  • Describe and rationalize the main assumptions behind trade models.
  • Perform policy experiments based on trade models.
  • Illustrate diagrammatically these models and perform analysis of patterns of trade, gains from trade and redistributive effects of trade.
  • Solve algebraically simple trade models in order to determine the equilibrium economic variables.
International Economics:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Please see text below
The exam is a 4 hour written take home assignment therefore there is no max number of pages.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
It is at the discretion of the Study Board to change the exam form from a 4-hour written exam to a 20 min oral exam with no preparation.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course offers a detailed introduction to international economics. We study several trade theories with the goal of explaining why international trade takes place, what are the benefits of international trade, and in what patterns countries trade with each other.


We also study trade policy tools and their implications for market equilibrium (prices and quantities), social welfare (gross national product) and the distribution of welfare (inequality).

Description of the teaching methods
The main teaching activities are lectures, exercises (online and in class) and group discussions.
Feedback during the teaching period
This course comprises the following feedback activities. First, I provide written solutions to all online activities and exercise classes designed to help you figure out the solutions by yourself. Two, during exercise classes and in-class review of online activities the teaching assistants will go through the solutions in detail, focusing on the problems that you raise in class. Third, the mock exam will be reviewed/discussed in class by the teaching assistants. Last, you can see me in person during my office hours to discuss/clarify any aspect of the syllabus on which you have problems.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 126 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 63 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 14 hours
Expected literature

Krugman, Obstfeld, Melitz, International Economics: Theory and Policy, Global Edition, 11th Edition.


Please note that minor changes may occur. The lecturer will upload the final reading list to Canvas before the course starts.

Last updated on 02-09-2020