Apparel Merchandising / Interior Design | Textiles and Apparel in the Global Economy
H504 | 0552 | Jung

Meeting Day and Time:  T, R, 1-2:15

Course Description and Content

This course is an in-depth study and critical analysis of both
classic economic theories and rapidly emerging economic issues
that affect the development of the textile and apparel industry on
the international level.  Analysis of theories of labor,
dependency, interdependency and their impact on textile and
apparel production will be examined.  Students will (1) gain an
understanding of the broad economic, political, social and
cultural dimensions of the U.S. and international production and
trade of textile and apparel products, (2) gain an understanding
of the competitive status of the U.S. industry in the global
economy, (3) examine economic factors of the textile and
apparel industry, (4) analyze national and global trends in the
industry, (5) gain an understanding of the theories of labor,
dependence, interdependency, and development, and (6) develop
a strategic plan for import or export of textile and apparel
products with regard to a specific country.

Required Texts and Readings

Dickerson, K. D. (1994).  Textiles and Apparel in the
International Economy.

Outline of Course Requirements

(1)  Three exams, (two midterms and one final) (2)  Research
project on an international company demonstrating research
skills of primary and secondary data collection.  (3)  Lecture for
one complete class period on topic of concern to international
trade of textiles and apparel, (4) an import/export strategic plan
for either the import or export of a specific textile and apparel
product.  (5)  Article reviews using research journals and trade
publications that cover the research topic and current global
trade issues.