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This module will study the links between international trade and development. The lectures will offer an overview of the main theories of trade as a conceptual framework to organize a set of debates on the linkages between trade and economic development. Building on these resources, students will contribute to four in-class discussions. These will be focused on whether international trade: (i) alleviates poverty, (ii) improves workers’ conditions, (iii) increases firms’ productivity, and / or (iv) fosters health, safety and desirable business practices in developing countries. Students’ participation in these debates constitutes the main component of the overall grade in the course (65%). In a final written exam, participants will be asked to write a short essay on a topic of their choosing, from among the debates held during the semester. The material for the course is a combination of academic papers, specialist and non-specialist articles, case studies, podcasts and movies.