Bachelor of Arts - Economics

Explore the kinds of questions you will respond to when you study social sciences, criminology, conflict resolution, economics or psychology at AUT.

Economics is vital to both the social sciences and public policy. This major develops and applies concepts and frameworks that are essential for understanding and addressing critical economic and social issues.

Economics is about choice; the choices people, companies and governments make every day.

  • How do individuals respond to price changes or the introduction of new products?
  • How do firms adapt to new production technologies?
  • How can governments address issues like growing income inequality or climate change?

In a world with increasingly scarce resources these decisions are crucial, which is why economists with rigorous analytical and communication skills are highly sought after in both the private and public sectors.

The Economics major helps you develop a sound understanding of economic principles and advanced concepts. Our emphasis is on developing core competencies in economic analysis in the context of real-world settings that can serve as a platform for a wide range of future career options.

Programme code: AK3704
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / equivalent part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

Career opportunities

  • Policy advisor in a government ministry
  • Researcher in a consulting firm or non-profit organisation
  • Strategic planner, analyst or policy advisor in a local council

Structure and content

In the first year, students will complete 45 points of BA core papers. These papers provide a foundation in academic literacies such as writing and communication and knowledge and inquiry.

Students majoring in Economics take 135 points of Economics papers (9 papers), with three compulsory level 5 papers (BUSS502, ECON501 and ECON502) and a further two compulsory papers at level 6 (ECON601, ECON602) plus a choice of one paper from ECON603 and ECON680). Students aiming to continue to postgraduate study in Economics should take ECON603 Introduction to Econometrics.

Students choose 3 papers in Economics at level 7 and in their final year, undertake the 30-point CLSY703 Cooperative Education paper, with the focus on Economics.

Students can choose to take Economics as a single major with a minor, or a double major in the BA.

Core papers
CLSY500 Culture and Society
CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry
COMM570 Academic Communication
CLSY703 Cooperative Education

Other papers
BUSS502 Quantitative Methods for Business
ECON501 Economic Principles 1
ECON502 Economic Principles 2
ECON601 Microeconomics
ECON602 Macroeconomics
ECON603 Introduction to Econometrics
ECON680 NZ Economy: Issues and Policies
ECON701 Applied Microeconomics
ECON702 Applied Macroeconomics
ECON703 Applied Econometrics
ECON704 Industrial Organisation
ECON705 Economics, Natural Resources and Society
ECON706 Growth and Development Economics
ECON707 Economics of Labour and Health Policy
ECON708 International Trade Economics
ECON709 Economic History
SOSC782 Globalisation, Innovation and Change

Last updated: 22-Nov-2017 11.56am

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