ECONS200-18B (HAM)

Understanding the Global Economy

15 Points

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Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics


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Paper Description

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Understanding the Global Economy introduces various essential aspects of the global economy on which the individual economy interacts. It offers a principles-level introduction to the core theories, together with policy analysis and the institutional and historical context of global economic relations. The objective of the paper is to make economic reasoning about the global economy accessible to a diverse group of students. The central theme of the paper is to provide a solid platform to understand how global economic institutions, commercial trade and finance, and regional issues help shape the current global economic order under which the world economy functions.

The paper will help students develop an understanding of the global issues that are critical for rational and sustainable decision making in today's business world.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through lectures (2 hours per week), and tutorials (1 hour per week). Lectures are recorded and available via Panopto for you to refer to later. However, attendance at lectures is strongly recommended.
The paper is supported online through Moodle, and the class has its own Facebook group (, which you are encouraged to join and make use of.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

    Understand the world economy and global economic institutions since World War II;
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    Understand commercial policy, the political economy of protectionism and use the theories of trade and balance of payments, exchange rates and exchange rates system to recommend policies towards solving global economic problems;
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    Understand the aggregate demand and aggregate supply, fiscal and monetary policies and the theories of current account imbalances and use descriptive or graphical models to apply these theories to issues involving global policy coordination at the macro level;
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    Understand how global economic imbalances and volatile capital flows can trigger financial crisis causing global recession and learn how to apply these knowledge to create an innovative global financial architecture;
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    Understand regional issues in the global economy including the influences of European Union, United States, China, South- and East-Asia in the world economy. This knowledge is expected to help students develop skills for general policy making in an integrated global business environment;
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    The paper emphasises learning via case study as one of its preferred approaches to learning. Students' understanding of the main theoretical and empirical concepts underlying the global economy will mainly come from their abilities to apply their acquired knowledge within a context of a particular case study, either related to a country or to a topic.

    This skill will enable students to mature their understanding of the global system and to use a holistic approach to provide sustainable solutions to business and economic problems affected by globalization.

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Room allocations for the Mid Semester Test will be advised nearer the test date.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Tutorial
  • Other: at Tutorial - Start in Week 2
2. Mid Semester Test
4 Sep 2018
12:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Case Study
8 Oct 2018
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Mylab
  • Other: Using Mylab website - Starts Week 2
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Gerber, James (2018). International Economics, 7th Edition (Global Edition). Pearson Education Limited.

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Recommended Readings

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Stiglitz, J., Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump, Penguin, 2017

Marthinsen, J., Managing in a Global Economy, 2nd Edition, Cengage Learning, 2015

McTaggart, D., Findlay, C., and Parkin, M., Macroeconomics 7th edition, Pearson, 2013

Hickson, S., The NZ Macroeconomy, Pearson-New Zealand, 2013

Littleboy, B., Taylor, J., and Weerapana, A., Macroeconomics: Principles & Practice, Cengage Learning, 2013

Serra, N., and Stiglitz, J., The Washington Consensus Reconsidered: Towards a New Global Governance, Oxford University Press, 2008

Stiglitz, J., Globalization and Its Discontents, W.W.Norton, 2002

Woods, N., (Ed) The Political Economy of Globalization, Palgrave, 2000

Gupta, S., (Ed.)The Political Economy of Globalization, Springer, 1997

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Other Resources

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"Moodle" is a one-stop website for access to materials and grades for papers you are enrolled in, WMS databases and more. It can be accessed from Enter your username and password, and a page of useful, personalised links will appear.Internet Support:

If you need extra support with understanding the material covered in this course, then visit the main website suggested in the textbook and the study plan available in Mylab.

Other textbooks:

Many other introductory macroeconomics economics texts are also worthwhile to use as extra support. They can mostly be found at the HB172.5 classification in the library.

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Online Support

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Online resources can be accessed via Moodle or through links on the paper outline. The paper's Facebook page will regularly upload articles and commentary on current geo-political and global economic issues. You will find this information extremely helpful for understanding the global economy which will give you an edge in your professional career.
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You might expect to spend approximately 150 hours in total during the semester working for and on this course.
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