3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020361GNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Economic Law
Educational team
Roberto Reyes Barrera (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
15 contact hours Lecture
Course Content



  1. Foreign trade and investment policy: a historical overview since 1945.
  2. US foreign policy and investment policy: dominance and power projection
  3. US foreign policy and investment policy: competing forces
  4. EU foreign policy and investment policy: an incremental process of creating a policy
  5. EU foreign policy and investment policy: trade, investment and power. The EU as a multiple player in a multipolar landscape
  6. China: restoration of greatness and an international economic strategy.
  7. China: from export platform to a global player
  8. A focus on EU-China:
  9. A focus on EU-US
  10. Foreign trade and investment: a global view from competing perspectives.
Additional info

William A. Lovett and Alfred E. Eckes, U.S. Trade Policy: History, Theory and the WTO (Taylor & Francis 2004)

Nistan Chorev, Remaking U.S. Trade Policy: From Protectionism to Globalization (Cornell University Press 2007)

Ka Zeng, China's Foreign Trade Policy: The New Constituencies (Routledge Contemporary China 2009)

Rongxing Guo, Understanding the Chinese Economies (Elsevier 2012)

Stephen Woolcock, European Union Economic Diplomacy (Ashgate 2012)

Marc Bungenberg & Christoph Herrmann, Common Commercial Policy after Lisbon (Springer 2015)

Learning Outcomes

General competences

Learning objectives


The learning objectives of the module are:

  • A systematic understanding, critical awareness and new insights on the law and policy as the forefront of the subject.
  • Originality in the application of this knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research enquiry are used to create and develop knowledge in the subject.
  • A comprehensive understanding of how to carry out original and independent research in the area.
  • An ability to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the subject area and to advance new or critical commentaries on the subject.
  • Engage in academic debate and present their ideas and opinions in a structured and accurate manner.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
SELF Paper determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the SELF Paper category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Research paper with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

Mode of assessment


5000 word research paper

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject