Introduction to Economics

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Economics

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course may not be credited towards a major, minor or Diploma in Economics, nor may it be credited together with a pass in EC101 or EC102. The course provides a self-contained, one-semester introduction to economics and is designed specifically for students who wish to familiarise themselves with the basics of economics, but who do not intend to study it to a higher level. This course begins with a discussion of the nature and scope of economics and then proceeds to examine in detail key aspects of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. Applications of economic theory are discussed in relation to current economic issues in the Pacific Island economies and in the world economy as a whole.
    Economics as a social science attempts to study ways in which these above mentioned decisions are made efficiently. Economics Theories can be applied to any situation that requires allocation of scarce resources.
    Economics is a social science often summarised as "the study of how the society manages its scarce resources "
    Mankiw (2012). Problems of scarcity and choice confront every individual and every society and the management of scarce resources will be as much a problem in the present and beyond as it has been in
    the past. In this course you will find a range of economic principles that will allow you to consider and appreciate solutions to resource allocation issues and hopefully contribute to their debates.
    Introductory Economics covers the two major areas of economics; microeconomics and macroeconomics, together with policy applications. Microeconomics focuses on how consumers and
    producers make decisions and how they interact in markets, while Macroeconomics looks at the
    economy as a whole and focuses on issues that affect entire economy like inflation, unemployment, and economic growth. The microeconomics section introduces the basic concepts of demand and supply, and develops them for application in the examination of equilibrium and disequilibrium situations. It then focuses on theories of the behaviour of firms operating in different market structures, analysis of efficiency in resource allocation then to implications on income distribution.
    The treatment of macroeconomics progresses from the outlining of the basic concepts which comprise the macro framework, starting with the aggregate economic activity and its measurement. It then
    considers the role of money in modern economies and macroeconomics policies, the key issues in the foreign sector, the techniques of macroeconomic control, inflation, the balance of payments and
    exchange rates. Finally, aggregate demand and aggregate supply (ADAS) model to understand short-run fluctuations in the goods and money markets, and determining macroeconomic equilibrium. This largely
    theoretical treatment is then used to examine a wide range of practical policy issues; for example the macro-economic policy environment in Fiji and other Pacific Islands, role of government and need for government interventions etc.

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