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 – from how we respond to price changes to how governments address issues like growing income inequality or climate change. In a world with increasingly scarce resources these decisions are crucial. That’s why economists are highly sought after in both the private and public sector.
This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.
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-life settings that can serve as a platform for a wide range of future career options.
Students can choose to take Economics as a single major with a minor, or a double major in the Bachelor of Arts.
All students in the Bachelor of Arts complete core papers. In this major, you study:
CLSY500 Culture and Society
CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry
COMM570 Academic Communication
CLSY703 Work Integrated Learning
Papers you could take over your three years of study include:
BUSS504 Economics and Society
ECON502 Economic Principles 2
ECON503 Intro to Quantitative Methods
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
FINA701 International Corporate Finance
SOSC782 Globalisation, Innovation and Change
Students aiming to continue to postgraduate study in economics should take ECON603 Introduction to Econometrics.
Workplace experience (Work Integrated Learning) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice.
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