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Overview

The economic relationship between countries is important determinant of the prosperity of people living in those countries.  In an open economy, the allocation of resources within a country must take into account not only the resources of that country but also of the countries with which it interacts if that relationship is to lead to an improvement in the standard of living of its people.  The toolbox of the economist must be fully utilized in analysing economic relationship between countries.  However, economic relationships find expression through legal and institutional arrangements. The M.Sc. International Economics and International Law programme aims to prepare the student to understand not only the economic rational but to have a strong grasp of the interplay between international economics and international law and institutions. The graduates of this programme should be able to read the professional literature and participate in policy making either at the level of the state or a private entity.

Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of international economic relations from the perspective of economic theory, political theory and institutional factors.
  • Prepare students to analyse the international economic situation and to design responses for countries and/or organizations.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, normally with honours. Upon admission, some students could be asked to take departmental requirements which consist of some undergraduate courses in mathematics and statistics. These courses can be taken concurrently with the graduate curriculum however, where possible students are encouraged to take these courses in the summer before commencing their programme. The purpose of these departmental requirements is to strengthen the ability of graduates from these programmes to function professionally.

Programme Structure

The MSc. International Economics and International Law programme (offered jointly with the Department of Government) is a two year full-time programme (fours semesters).  A small number of students are admitted on a part-time basis. However, the programme is not structured in a part-time friendly way i.e. classes are normally held in the days, not in the evenings.  Twelve (12) graduate courses (three (3) credits each) are required for this programme.  There is a core requirement of six (6) courses which each student is required to take and six (6) electives.

Core Requirements

  • ECON6008: Microeconomic Theory I
  • ECON6024: Macroeconomic Theory I
  • ECON6034: International Economics I
  • GOVT6065: Selected Issues in International Law
  • GOVT6069: The World Trading System
  • GOVT6073: International Economic Law

Elective Courses

In satisfying the elective requirement a student is required to take at least two courses from the menu of graduate courses (3 credits each) offered by the Dept. of Economics and at least two courses from the menu of graduate courses offered by the Dept. of Government.

Career Path 

Graduates of the M.Sc. International Economics and International Law programme typically find employment in the public sector.  Graduates have found employment with the foreign ministry and other government agencies. 

Contact Information

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Peter-John Gordon
Department of Economics
University of the West Indies
Kingston 7, Jamaica
E-mail: econ@uwimona.edu.jmpeterjohn.gordon@uwimona.edu.jm
Web: myspot.mona.uwi.edu/economics/
Tel: 977-1188/970-6287

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