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MGX5730: 2011, Semester 2: Assignment tasks for on campus students

ASSIGNMENT ONE: Class Presentation: 20% of the final mark
Each student is required to sign up to a topic to meet the assessment requirements of this Unit. The maximum time limit for each individual presentation is 10 minutes. In total, 2 presentations should not exceed 20 minutes and 3 presentations should not exceed 30 minutes. Presentations begin in week 3. Please read the following guidelines very carefully. Guidelines 1. This is a group assignment. While you have to prepare for your own part of the presentation and you are assessed individually, you need to work with your group partner to make sure that your presentations flow well and that you have managed to cover the different sides of the argument in a clear and coherent manner. 2. The assignment tasks are listed in Table 2 below. You have to demonstrate that you have understood the lecture notes, the reading material and the question asked. In addition, you have to use appropriate examples to make your case (see marking criteria on the next page). You can use up to 3 power point slides per presentation written in your own words. You then need to verbally address the points you have listed in your slides. The slides are just to guide you during your presentation. You are NOT permitted to read notes throughout the presentation. The notes are just to guide you as you present your work. If you read notes or slide material without explaining anything in your own words, then your tutor will ask you to stop and ask you to present in your own words. Each student is required to prepare a 1,000 word brief based on his/her side of the presentation. These are individual and NOT joint briefs. The brief has to be fully referenced. Please note the faculty has set procedures to deal with cases of plagiarism. Reference any work or ideas that are not your own. If you plagiarise, or if the brief is not written in your own words, then you will be penalised as per the faculty policy. You have to demonstrate that you have understood the question asked, as well as demonstrate your ability to deliver a strong verbal and written argument (see marking criteria on the next page). You need to provide your tutor with a hard copy of your slides as well as your individual 1000-word brief on the day of your presentation.

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Analysis and critical thinking • Presentation and written brief reflect critical evaluation of the literature • Issues are well analysed and strongly argued • Argument is well supported through the use of relevant examples 4.Table 1. Structure and creative aspects of the presentation • Well planned with a clear structure • The use of creative ideas 6. Introduction (each student is required to introduce his/her own presentation) 2. Review of relevant literature and referencing • Scholarly literature • Other literature • Referencing (as per instructions provided on page 1) 7. Demonstrated understanding of the topic • An understanding of the question • An understanding of the multilateral trade policy issue in question 3. Conclusion – each student should conclude his/her own presentation individually Comments and Grade Poor Average Good Very good Excellent Page 2 . Ability to work in a group effectively • Demonstrated ability to work with other group partner(s) 5. MGX5730 Class Presentation Marking Criteria (for each individual student) Very Poor 1.

Name of the Student Class debate topic Week 4 Student presentation (3 students) The WTO decision making system is the fairest it can be in the absence of a world government Bilateral and Regional Trade Policy: Part One You are the trade representative of an imaginary country based in the Asian region. Class debate topic Bilateral trade agreements have mainly surged due to the problems with the Doha Development round Page 3 .Table 2. You need to comprehensively respond to the given government’s argument above clearly highlighting the strengths of the WTO’s decision making system and changes that have been made to the system to assist smaller nations. Explain why you are lobbying your government not to join ASEAN. population. You are a WTO employee.) explain why your country is keen to join ASEAN. (Use your own creative examples. Do NOT repeat material from the lectures). economic and social position etc. ASSIGNMENT TOPICS – WEEK 3 TO WEEK 12 The first 2 slots are to be filled. Do NOT repeat material from the lectures). Students who enroll later will fill the last slot each week. Week No Week 3 Student presentation (2 students) Topic The World Trade Organisation: Structure and Decision Making Prepare a power point presentation to make your case You are the trade minister of a developing country which is also a WTO member (you can choose the country). You need to critically analyse both presentations and outline what you think of the issues posed by both the representatives. You are an academic based in the ASEAN region. After outlining the profile of your country (size. On behalf of a group of developing countries you need to coherently present the problems that your country is facing in terms of decision-making in the WTO. (Use your own creative examples. You are a member of a local think tank of the same imaginary country based in the Asian region.

You are a member on a leading NGO based in the Pacific. Explain why you are keen to sign the Pacific-Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. You need to clearly respond to both presentations and draw your own conclusions. In a televised interview. Does the WTO system constrain Indian’s domestic policies and if so how? You are a trade negotiator from South Africa. You are a trade negotiator from the European Union. Does the WTO system constrain South Africa’s domestic policies and if so how? You are a commentator on trade issues. Explain why the EU is moving away from non-reciprocal trade agreements with Pacific Islands nations to reciprocal Economic Partnership Agreements. you need to clearly outline the South African government’s view on policy space in the WTO system. You need to coherently respond to the two presentations and then outline the concerns you have with the Pacific EPA. Does the WTO system constrain policy space? Class debate topic The WTO has in no way constrained the policy space of member nations Page 4 . In a televised interview.Week 5 Student presentation (3 students) Bilateral and Regional Trade Policy – Part Two You are the trade negotiator for a small Pacific Island nation. you need to clearly outline the Indian government’s view on policy space in the WTO system. Class debate topic Week 6 Student presentation (3 students) North-South bilateral trade agreements offer very little to developing countries Policy Space in international trade policy decision making You are a trade negotiator from India.

Class debate topic Week 8 Student presentation (3 students) The rise of India and China has fundamentally altered the negotiation dynamics in the WTO Agriculture in the WTO You are a member of the delegation from Brazil. weak as they are. what it hoped to gain and what it has gained. You need to explain your position on the problems with the market access rules of the AoA and how they need to be changed especially given the current global food crisis and food security issues that developing countries face. are important for securing global food security Page 5 . You need to respond to both presentations and explain whether in your view the market access rules of the AoA have affected the right to food and if so. You need to clearly explain India and China’s role in the world trading system and the future of the WTO given the shifting balance of power. You are a commentator on trade policy. You need to clearly explain the importance of the WTO to India and in your view what the government will do to ensure the continuation of the Doha Round. then how? Class debate topic The AoA rules. You need to clearly explain why China joined the WTO.Week 7 Student Presentation (3 students) India and China in the World Trading System You are a representative from the Chinese trade ministry. You are a member of the delegation from the EU. You are a trade representative from the Indian government. You need to respond to the Brazilian government in terms of the market access rules and explain clearly why you feel developing countries like India need to lower their agricultural trade barriers. You are a commentator on trade policy.

You need to present a case about how the WTO system is structured to ensure sustainable development in both Page 6 . Class debate topic Week 11 Student presentation (2 students) The anger against the WTO is totally misplaced International Trade and the Environment You are a representative of a major environmental NGO. You are a member of an NGO based in Malaysia. You need to respond to both the presentations above and explain why TRIPS is a very important WTO agreement in terms of ensuring investment in the research and development of new medicines. Use strong examples to make your case. You are a representative of the WTO. Do NOT repeat material from the lectures). (Use your own creative examples. (Use your own creative examples. You are a leading prominent neo-liberal economist. you need to clearly explain why there has been a social backlash against the WTO.Week 9 Student presentation (3 students) Intellectual Property Rights in the WTO You are a government official from a small developing country in the Latin American region. Use relevant examples to make your case. You need to clearly explain why you feel that the social backlash against the WTO is unwarranted. You are the CEO of a major pharmaceutical company based in the United States. You need to clearly explain your position on the WTO and explain the social backlash against the WTO. Using strong examples. especially in the third world Social Backlash Against the MTS You are a member of a leading NGO. Do NOT repeat material from the lectures). research and development. Class debate topic Week 10 Student presentation (3 students) The globalization of intellectual property through TRIPS is extremely important for innovation. You are a member of an international trade union. You need to explain how the TRIPS rules will affect the right to essential medicines not just in Malaysia but in a large part of the developing world. You need to make a case about how the WTO system and bilateral and regional trade agreements are compromising multilateral environmental agreements. You need to explain the problems that your country is facing in terms of the TRIPS rules from a “right to essential medicines” perspective.

Class participation grades will be returned and there will be a discussion on the exam. You need to clearly explain the implications of the global financial crisis for the multilateral trading system. Class Debate Topic Week 12 Student presentation (2 students) The WTO has led to a “race to the bottom” in terms of environmental standards and best environmental practice The global financial crisis and the multilateral trading system You are a leading academic.developing and developed countries alike. Use relevant examples to make your case. Page 7 . You are also a leading academic. Class Debate Topic There will be a general discussion on the topic. You need to carefully respond to the above presentation and explain clearly whether you agree with the analysis of the first academic and provide clear reasons for your position.

infotech.ASSIGNMENT TWO Essay Marks Available: 30 Word Limit: 3000 words Due Date: Monday 12 September.edu.monash. Issue 136.edu. For Example.au/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarismprocedures.au/damocles/submit/submissions.buseco. Remember stringing Page 8 .au/publications/qmanual/ Plagiarism The Faculty has very strict procedures to deal with cases of plagiarism. SUBMISSION Soft Copy via Damocles – This is mandatory for all students on all campuses All students are required to submit a copy of their essay by the due date and time in electronic format via Damocles.html Please make sure that you understand clearly what plagiarism is and the Faculty procedures on plagiarism.edu. See http://policy. Copies of this Manual can be obtained at the bookshop or on line at URL: http://www. 5pm (Melbourne time) TASK DETAILS In 3000 words you are required to critically analyse and evaluate the Doha development round in light of the arguments raised by Cambridge University economist Ha-Joon Chang: Ha-Joon Chang. July 2007 Marking criteria for this task are outlined on the following page.sv?subaction=showLogi n If you do not submit your essay via Damocles. The document you submit through Damocles should be entitled as follows: your Last Name First Name followed by 1.monash.monash.edu. This is important. You MUST write in your own words. You will be penalised if over 15% of your essay is not written in your own words even if your work is properly referenced. Faculty Style Guide Work submitted for this assessment must follow the Faculty Style as outlined in the Faculty Q Manual. The submission login can be found at: http://damocles.monash. (2003). a document submitted by Jagjit Plahe would be entitled Plahe Jagjit 1. Prospect Magazine. “Protecting the Global Poor”. then your essay will not be marked.au/policybank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html Importantly see http://policy.

Penalties for Late Lodgement A maximum penalty of 5% of the total mark allocated to this assessment will be deducted for each day that it is late. The form must be submitted to the Chief Examiner for approval. http://www. Students will be penalised for plagiarism as per the faculty’s plagiarism policy.monash. Return of Marked Assignments Students will receive their marked assignments approximately 3 weeks after submission.together quotes from various sources (even if you carefully reference them) does not constitute writing an essay.html.edu. Students at the Sunway campus In addition to submitting a soft copy via Damocles.au/student/exams/speccon. you are required to submit a hard copy to your tutor by the due date and time. Page 9 .buseco. Applications for Extension of Time Applications for an extension of time allocated to an assessment task must be made by completing the application form found at URL.

organisation and flow  Grammar. Analysis and critical thinking  A demonstrated understanding of the multilateral trading system and the Doha Development Round  A demonstrated ability to develop a strong. Essay Structure and flow  Essay structure  Presentation. MARKING CRITERIA FOR ASSIGNMENT 2 Poor 1.Table 3: MGX 5730. Review of relevant literature  Use of scholarly literature  Use of other literature 3. punctuation and spelling  Appropriate word length  Conclusion derived from a strong argument 5. Introduction 2. Use of References  References cited are relevant to the chosen topic  Accurate text citation of references as per the Q manual Comments Average Good Very Good Excellent Grade Page 10 . clear and concise written argument using appropriate examples • Critical analysis 4.

Each student will be individually assessed each week and their mark for the class debate will be finalised in week 12 as per the marking criteria below. Remember. you will be assessed individually and so you need to make your individual contribution to the group discussion. Each student is required to participate in the class debate after the group presentation. 2. then you will not meet the assessment requirements of this unit. 4. The presentation topics are all listed in Table 2 above (they follow the group presentation topics). Remember if you do not attend the classes. 3. Each student is required to be present in class in order to meet the assessment requirements of the unit. Also attendance does not mean participation.ASSIGNMENT THREE Class Participation Marks Available: 10 1. You will have to engage in the class debate to meet the assessment requirements of this unit. Table 4: MGX5730 Class Participation Marking Criteria Each Week Demonstrated understanding of the topics Demonstrated preparation for the topics Ability to argue a case clearly and coherently Ability to use relevant examples to make a case Critical analysis Comments and Grade Very Poor Poor Average Good Very Good Excellent Page 11 .