International Trade: Focus on Sustainable Agriculture
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5337
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
As more and more nations liberalize their trade regimes, and as technological change reduces transportation costs and lowers barriers to globalized production, international trade grows in importance for all countries, rich and poor alike. This course will examine the issues and controversies surrounding this increasing interconnectedness in the production and trade of both goods and services. How are the gains distributed between rich and poor countries, and amongst people within countries? How are new textile jobs in Bangladesh affecting gender relations? How does shrimp farming in Viet Nam affect the global environment? The course begins with a critical review of economic theories of trade, to provide the necessary background. Agriculture provides a useful focus to explore the effects, both positive and negative, of international trade. A review of the history of trade in agriculture will be followed by an examination of the impacts that the modern trading regime has on the practice and possibilities for sustainable agriculture around the globe. Particular attention will be paid to the gender implications of trade, alternative trade models, and the question of local versus global production.* Students must have completed NINT 5109 Economics in International Affairs, NINT 5119 Economics in International Affairs – Intensive, or the equivalent as a prerequisite for this course.