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Unit Overview


The content of this unit is largely drawn from ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing. However, the unit is taught at postgraduate level, drawing on the skills and professional experiences of students and placing greater emphasis on interpretation of material and practical applications. The unit has two components. In the first component students are introduced to the purpose, operation, and use of commodity futures and options markets. The second component focuses on international agricultural trade, trade theory models with applications to agriculture, and public policies and government programs affecting agricultural trade.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand the basic trade theories and their prediction of the pattern of trade between nations; (2) evaluate the impact of different domestic and international trade policies to society, including identifying winners and losers in international trade; (3) understand the basic working of commodity futures and options markets for hedgers and how these are used by agricultural producers to manage price risk; and (4) develop the ability to manage price risk using different hedging and options strategies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) participation in online activities; (3) simulation trading game; and (4) examination. 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)
Dr Amin Mugera
Unit rules
ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing
Contact hours
10 half days. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.