­­­­Course Outline: ECON 243 – International Trade

Georgetown University Qatar

Spring 2022


Instructor: Dennis C. McCornac, Ph.D.                                  Office: #0D27    

Email: dm1231@georgetown.edu

Office Hours:  Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Also available by appointment and in Zoom conferencing. Please email me if you would like to meet in Zoom. 


Teaching Assistant: Nadine El-Dehaibi  Email:  ne134@georgetown.edu

TA Office Hours: Monday and Wednesdays from 1pm to 2pm.


Tutor: Zlata Krasic   Email: zk111@georgetown.edu

Tutor Office Hours: Sunday from 10 am to 11 am, Tuesday 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm and Wednesday and Thursday, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm.  


Required Text: Robert C. Feenstra and Alan M Taylor, International Economics, Fourth edition. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-3190-6173-9. The textbook is complementary to the lectures. 


Course Outline: All information is available on the course outline and on Canvas.




Course Description: This course will equip you to objectively analyze issues in international economics.  The first part of the course develops the analytical tools of international trade theory.  The second part examines trade policy and current debates over the consequences of free trade for income distribution within and among countries. You are encouraged to follow developments in international trade as they appear in the news.


Students are expected to prepare for class by completing all reading before each class meeting. Thoughtful and constructive class participation is expected, as it will both help you to better understand the material and enhance the learning process for all. 


Course Requirements: Exams, Quizzes, Presentations and Papers:


The course requirements are listed below:


1.   Problem Sets: Eight (8) problem sets will be assigned each worth 5 points. Problem Set 6 will not be needed to be handed in and the lowest grade on those handed in will be dropped. Thus, six (6) problem sets will count. Working problems is really the only way to learn the material in this course. The assigned problem sets must by handed in and the due date/time is indicated for every assignment. Late work will not be accepted (do not ask the TA to violate this rule).

2.   Exams: There will be two midterm exams worth 50 points each on the date specified on the course outline. The final exam is worth 60 points and will be cumulative. Make-up exams will only be allowed for serious medical or personal problems and a documentation is required.

3.   Class Participation: Class Participation is worth 10 points. You are expected to attend and participate in all class meetings. Attendance will be taken and counted towards your class participation grade. Unexcused absences will negatively impact your participation grade.


Grading Scale:


Method of Evaluation

Points Possible

Eight (8) Problem Sets Assigned – Six (6) Problem Set Grades Recorded


Exam 1


Exam 2


Class Participation


Final Exam





Class Policies:


1.   Problem Sets: Problem Sets must be uploaded on Canvas by 11:59 pm day of the due date.

2.   Late Work: Late work will be penalized 20 percent for each day late.

3.   Absences: You are expected to attend all class meetings.

4.   Electronics: Cellphone use is prohibited during class. Laptop use during class is permissible for viewing course readings only. Surfing the internet, chatting, or working on other projects is prohibited. I reserve the right to alter this policy and ban laptop use entirely if conditions make it necessary.

5.   You are expected to NOT leave and come back to class during the class period unless it is an emergency.


Honor Code: Honor System: Every student has the responsibility to abide by the GUQ Honor System. Review it at https://www.qatar.georgetown.edu/academics/academic-affairs/honor-system/honor-system-policies-procedures/. Suspected infractions of the Honor System will be referred to the Honor Council. If a student is found in violation, we reserve the right to award a failing grade on the assignment or the course, in addition to any sanction that the Honor Council and the Dean may apply.


Title IX & Non-Discrimination: As faculty at Georgetown University, we are committed to our responsibilities under Title IX, as well as the University’s non-discrimination policies.  For details of University policies, please refer to the following links:





Instructional Continuity: If access to the SFS-Q building or Education City is ever curtailed, making it impossible to hold regular class meetings, every effort will be made to ensure that this class will continue to meet virtually. Most likely, we will use Georgetown’s Zoom software to deliver our lectures online at the regularly scheduled times. If the need to meet virtually arises, further information will be sent to each student’s Georgetown email address. You are expected to anticipate such emails, to comply with any and all instructions in them, and to participate fully in all online class activities.