Course Description

Through a series of readings, videos, assignments and online discussion boards you will learn how preferential trade agreements (PTAs) and other forms of international cooperation impact the movement of goods, people and services across borders and what they are not designed to do when it comes to border management. This online asynchronous module will include the following topics:

  1. Customs, immigration, and regulatory compliance for trade. Customs administration; rules of origin, immigration for business; regulatory compliance, trade in services; establishing business in another country; anti-human smuggling, anti-corrupt practices.
  2. Trade agreements and supranational institutions: WTO history, major trade blocs; structure of PTAs, WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, regional border cooperation

This module applies towards the following certificates:

Certificate in International Trade and Trade Finance

Certificate in Advanced International Trade and Border Management

Course Outline

Successful completion of this module will require active participation in online discussions, review of module materials, assignments/lab sessions and short quizzes.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. understand key steps to customs administration for SME’s to engage in international trade
  2. understand the role of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements in facilitation and regulation of International Trade
  3. explain the role of the World Trade Organization in reducing trade barriers and resolving trade disputes
  4. assess and comply with rules of origin for trade within trade blocs such as the NAFTA region and the European Union


This is an online offering that will be offered through the Blackboard Learning Management System. It is expected that you will have the appropriate browser and computer access. You will be asked to regularly log into the module from your computer or other appropriate electronic device with online access through Blackboard. Please review the Blackboard preferred system requirements.

There is a “Navigating Your Online Course” module and technical tutorials that can you can review for a brief orientation to Blackboard. After registration, you will be sent additional details, including login information.


In order to ensure you are academically prepared, it is expected that you have:

  1. Successfully completed Grade 12 or equivalency
  2. Successfully completed one grade 12 math or equivalency (recommended)
  3. English Language Proficiency
  4. Postsecondary education and relevant work experience would be an asset

Proof of completion may be requested for any of the above.

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Section Title
Foundations of International Trade
Section Schedule
Sep 20, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
details non-credit $300.00
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