Apparel Merchandising / Interior Design | Textiles and Apparel in the Global Economy
H504 | 0539 | Christiansen

Meeting Day and Time:  T, T, 4:00-5:15

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, 100 pts. each  (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.