ECON-235: International Economics

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ECON-235 International Economics

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3; offered as needed

Pre-requisites (if any): ECON-101 or ECON-102

Course Description in college catalog:

An examination of the basic economic principles and policies underlying international trade and finance. Topics include: current U.S. trade policies; the flow of trade; exchange rates; the plight of less developed nations; economic cooperation among major industrialized nations with particular emphasis on U.S.-Japanese-European relations. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Communicate effectively in various forms

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Course Objectives

1. Students will analyze the basic economic theories used to explain the flow of good and services among nations.

2. Students will examine the various policies used by the U.S. and its major trading partners to influence the flow of trade and investment.

3. Students will describe the significance of multinational corporations in implementing the movement of goods, services and capital.

4. Students will analyze the role of foreign exchange markets in facilitating international trade and investment.

Expected Outcomes

1. Students will identify the theoretical implications of a variety of real-world trade activities.

2. Students will identify policies that promote or distort trade flows.

3. Students will recognize corporate activities that influence the job opportunities of workers in nations that are trading partners.

4. Students will identify those activities that bring new business activities to the domestic nation and to foreign nations.

5. Students will identify the impact of market disturbances on a nation's currency and the flow of trade.

6. Students will list the key factor that cause a nation's currency to fluctuate in value.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

A variety of assessment methods are employed, including but not limited to the following:  objective tests, essay examinations, essay assignments, term papers, oral presentations, and group projects.

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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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