Not too easy. Not too difficult.
It is a heavy load of reading, but the assignments are on very interesting and current topics. It is seminar-based, so it is important to do the reading so that you have points to discuss in class. You usually have about 3-4 hours of reading per week and have to lead one seminar. The class has three small papers and a final paper.
I did not see the World Trade Organization in the same positive light that I did before- we discussed many of the issues associated with it. I also enjoyed our discussions on agriculture-related issues worldwide and farming subsidies, a topic I completed my final paper on.
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Advice for students:
This course is definitely for students who enjoy reading, have an interest in international trade, and like problem solving and talking in class. It is usually small, so do not take it if you do not like talking because your lack of participation will be obvious. It is an elective, so only take it if the subject interests you, or the class will be difficult to get through.