This unit aims to provide students with multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches in international trade and investment issues. This unit examines the interactions between economic, political, strategic and legal aspects of international trade and investment policies at national, regional and global levels and includes the ways in which WTO members affect and affected by regional and multilateral trade agreements. The focus of this unit includes both emerging and developing market economics and their interrelatedness with developed economies. An analytical approach, combined with the research assessment item/s emphasises the ability to analyse and apply theories in the current context.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the main trends of International Trade and investment justifying forecasts and predictions into the future
  • Critically analyse the relevance of trade in the global market place identifying areas of policy that might impact on this placement
  • Critically analyse international trade theories, socio-economic and geo-political issues in international trade and investment
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with independence
  • Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences and work as an effective member or leader of a group

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 30 - 40% 1,2,3,4 
Assignment 2Group 30 - 50% 1,2,3,4,5 
PresentationIndividual 20 - 30% 1,5 


  • Gains from trade
  • International business restrictions
  • Non-tariff barriers
  • Trade restrictions
  • Trade liberalisation
  • Trade blocs
  • Gains from trade & investment
  • International Economic Agreement and Investment
  • Internal investment and political risk
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • WTO and GATT rounds (i.e. The Uruguay Round, DOHA round)
  • Aid for Trade
  • Trade Related Investment Measures (TRIMs)
  • Building Trade Capacity

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.