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17691-01 - Lecture: International Trade, Resources and the Environment 3 CP

Semester spring semester 2023
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers M. Scott Taylor (
Content This course investigates the linkages between international trade and the environment from both a theoretical and empirical viewpoint. It investigates the theoretical links between international trade and sustainability in two ways by studying the link between trade and resource use on the one hand and trade and industrial pollution on the other. It then reviews the empirical
evidence linking trade to environmental outcomes using the theory as a guide to evaluate and critique the literature.
Learning objectives see content
Bibliography Some of the material covered are chapters in preparation for a new book “International Trade and Resource Use” and will be made available to students in pdf format.
Most of it, however, is based on a selection of articles published in international journals.
Comments The course will be taught "in - class".

You should have a look at some of the literature discussed in class in advance of the course to be prepared for the course. The material will be accessible on ADAM approximately three weeks in advance of the start of the course. Students will be able to access the reading material after registration.

The course is part of the "Guestprofessorship in Globalization - Internationalization of the Economy"

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Admission requirements Required:
A good understanding of the principles of economics and of microeconomics.

Advanced International Trade and Business
Environmental and Resource Economics
Course application Registration: Please enrol in MOnA. EUCOR-Students and students of other Swiss Universities have to enrol at the students administration office ( within the official enrolment period. Enrolment = Registration for the exam! A deregistration is possible until May 6, 2023 at the latest by email, including the completed exam cancellation form, which can be found on the homepage, to

Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval Weekday Time Room
Block See individual dates


Date Time Room
Tuesday 02.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Wednesday 03.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Thursday 04.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Friday 05.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S15 HG.31
Monday 08.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Tuesday 09.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Thursday 11.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Friday 12.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S15 HG.31
Modules Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master's degree program: African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master's degree program: African Studies)
Module: Core Competences in Economics (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Module: Preparation Master's Thesis in Economics (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Module: Specific Electives in International Business, Trade and the Environment (Master's Studies: Business and Economics)
Specialization Module: Areas of Specialization in International and/or Monetary Economics (Master's Studies: International and Monetary Economics)
Specialization Module: International Trade, Growth and the Environment (Master's Studies: Business and Economics (Start of studies before 01.08.2021))
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Handel und Unternehmen in der Globalisierung (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format record of achievement
Assessment details There will be one final exam and a paper requirement. The exam date will be established in the first lecture. The paper should be a critical analysis of a scholarly or popular article discussing some aspect of international trade’s impact on the environment. The paper must use, at least implicitly, the tools and logic developed in the course.

The date of the exam as well as the deadline of the paper will be posted and mentioned in the first class.
Exam date: 30.05.23; 12:15-13:45. WWZ Audi: A-M; WWZ S14: N-Z.
The addresses of the examination rooms can be found here:

Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registr.; dereg.: Office of the Dean of Studies
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty Faculty of Business and Economics ,
Offered by Faculty of Business and Economics