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Unit Overview


The general topic is agribusiness and economic development in emerging countries. This topic is approached through the role of agricultural cooperatives in developing countries' access to the international market of agricultural commodities. Students investigate how agricultural cooperatives in a developing country (in this case, Vietnam) compare to other business models in adding value to agricultural produce by capitalizing on export market potential. The focus is on existing and potential hurdles and different organizational strategies for adding value to agricultural production and marketing while increasing income to producers. Analytical themes include general principles of agricultural marketing and trade; the benefits and costs of cooperatives versus individual enterprises and of cooperation versus free-riding; the role of globalization and international trade on the demand for quality produce and food safety, as well as on domestic prices; and how agricultural production structures in a developing country can determine the extent to which it will benefit, or not, from opening up to international markets.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) students will acquire a clear understanding of key concepts and ideas allowing them to analyse the relationships between a developing country's agricultural structures and its potential benefits from international trade.; (2) students will discover, through field visits, lectures by local academics, interactions with local students and personal research, the challenges faced by a developing country in joining world trade without disadvantages, and in improving its systems of governance and management, given the weight of history and local policies and institutions. From this students will discover a new perspective on their own background and on Australian ways of doing business, including agriculture.; and (3) students will learn how to work jointly with students of another language and culture to obtain information from local producers (e.g. cooperative members); work and prepare presentation material (PPTs, posters or videos) jointly with local students; and learn about local customs, procedures, history and culture..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) presentations; and (3) written reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Steven Schilizzi
Unit rules
Completion of 48 points including completion of (ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1
or ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
or ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance
or completion of SCIE1103 Science Society and Communication
or SCIE1104 Science Society and Data Analysis)
or enrolment in
the Agricultural Science major and completion of 48 credit points.
Approved quota: 20 in 2017, 25 in 2018, subsequent years to be confirmed—pre-requisite units, a requirement that students have completed a minimum of 48 points, a written expression of interest and motivation, and a CV complete with phone and address, supported by an academic transcript if previous years were done outside UWA.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trip to Vietnam - all costs are covered by New Columbo grant (estimated cost - $1000).
Contact hours
70 hours Vietnam, 10 hours pre and post visit
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