units

ECS3121

Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)

Synopsis

The pure theory of international trade. Trade and income distribution, economic growth and changes in trade, bases for trade and gains from trade. Trade policy. Tariffs, quotas, subsidies, import discrimination and other national policies affecting trade. The foreign exchange market. Determination of exchange rates, the balance of payments, modern foreign exchange policies and the threat of unstable exchange rates. Regional trade agreements.

Outcomes

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. draw upon skills developed in micro and macroeconomics to enable students to understand and critically evaluate contemporary policy debates in international trade and finance
  2. develop the ability to use powerful analytical tools to predict the impact of global economic, political and social policies on South Africa as a small open economy, as well as the broader African continent
  3. recognise the positive welfare effects of worldwide unrestricted trade.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester

Prerequisites

Students must have passed ECB2331 or ECG2730 or ECF2731 or ECW2730 or ECS2730 AND ECB2731 or ECG2731 or ECW2731 or ECS2731 or ECF2731 or ECF2931 before undertaking this unit.

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