ØASØK3000 International Economics Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
International Economics
Bachelorstudium i økonomi og administrasjon / Bachelorstudium i økonomi og administrasjon, for siv.øk. / Oslo Business School, Exchange Programme
7.5 stp.


International Economics as a subject is concerned with effects of economic relations among nations. This is particularly relevant for small open economies like Norway. The first part of the course covers international trade theory. Why do nations trade, and what effects does this have on the domestic economy. Next, trade policy is analyzed. Why do some nations want to restrict the volume of trade, and what economic effects does this have on domestic efficiency and income distribution. Finally, the course will cover open economy macroeconomics, in particular stabilization policies under different exchange rate regimes.

Language of instruction is English.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

It is assumed that students have completed introductory courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.




After completing the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can describe the development of trade theory over time, from Smith/Ricardo, via Heckscher-Ohlin to modern trade theory based on imperfect competition
  • knows how international trade affects economic growth and resource allocation domestically and internationally
  • knows how international trade affects distribution of income
  • knows which instruments are used in international trade policy and how these affect welfare
  • is familiar with relevant models of economic integration
  • is familiar with theories of exchange rate determination
  • is familiar with stabilization policies in open economies under various exchange rate regimes


The student can

  • show welfare effects of international trade graphically
  • use algebra to derive changes in distribution of income following international trade
  • show the effects of trade policy instruments graphically
  • use models to describe effects of stabilization policies


The student can

  • reflect critically about current topics in international economic relations

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

About 50 hours of teaching and exercises.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

No coursework requirements or compulsory activities.

Vurdering og eksamen

The exam in the course is a supervised exam of 4 hours.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

The following aids are permitted:

  • Calculator (see regulations for the use of calculators in the programme description)
  • One language dictionary (native language-English/English-native language or English-English)


Grade scale A - F


The exam papers are assessed by one internal and one external examiner.

At least 25% of the exam papers will be assessed by two examiners. The grades awarded for the papers assessed by two examiners form the basis for determining the level for all the exam papers.


Ivar Bredesen