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International Trade in a Globalized World

Second edition. February 2017.


International Trade in a Globalized World seeks to help students understand the basics of international trade and consider its role in this era of globalization. Today, the uncertainty of the global economy makes questions about trade policy especially important. What economic policy choices will strengthen the national and global economies? What values, beliefs, and interests should form the bases for these economic policy choices?


The readings prepare students to consider the policy choices facing the United States and introduce them to the terms and concepts essential to a basic understanding of international trade. Part I examines the history of the current economic system and the changes brought about by globalization. Part II considers the effects of these changes—and U.S. trade policy—on people in the United States and around the world.

The Choices Role Play

This activity is a simulation in which students examine four options for U.S. policy. Each option has a different perspective on U.S. trade policy. By exploring this spectrum of alternatives, students gain a deeper understanding of the values and beliefs underlying U.S. policy and are prepared to deliberate about the options and develop their own policy recommendations.


Charting International Trade
Students record and map the countries of origin of clothing products in the classroom to demonstrate the impacts of trade.

Why Countries Trade
Playing different imaginary countries, students trade bread and cell phones in a highly structured simulation. Students consider the incentives for trade and explore the concept of comparative advantage.

Evaluating the Impact of Economic Change
Students identify sources of opportunity and anxiety associated with economic globalization by understanding diverse perspectives of characters from different countries and social groups.

Analyzing Trade Statistics
Working collaboratively to evaluate statistical data, students consider the causes and effects of trends in global manufacturing trade since 1948.

The Options Role Play
Working cooperatively, students explore four different options for U.S. trade policy in a role-play activity.

Opposing Views on International Trade
Students deliberate with classmates and articulate coherent recommendations for U.S. trade policy based on personally held values and historical understanding. They then consider speeches on trade by Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.