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The department of Economics is an integral and constituent part of the School of Management Sciences. It caters for the discipline of economics at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. At the undergraduate level the Department offers Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics. At the postgraduate level, it offers Honours , MA ,MCOM and Ph.D programmes .

The degree programmes offered are:

• BComEC
• BComEC (Hons)
• MComEC
• Ph.D in Economics, DCom in Economics

Module Codes, Titles and Credits

Bachelor of Commerce in Economics

Admission Requirements for the undergraduate degree programme under new National Senior Certificate (NSC)

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Commerce (in economics) BCOMEC degree programme, the applicant must have a minimum achievement rating of 3 (or 40%) in English. In addition the applicant must have a minimum of 3 (40%) or above in four recognized, NSC 20 credit subjects which must include at least two of the following 20 credit subjects: Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, Mathematics or Information Technology.

Admission Requirements for the Undergraduate degree programme under the old Matriculation Senior Certificate.

To be admitted to the BCOMEC progrmme, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements(1) The general School Managements requirements of Matric exemption with the minimum total score of 30 (Univen) points or D (Higher Grade) or C (Standard Grade) pass or an average Univen score of 5 points per subjects and ;(2) the programme specific requirements of Matriculation exemption with at least C- symbol (Standard Grade) or D –Symbol (Higher Grade ) in English and a C- symbol (Standard Grade) in Economics plus a C- symbol (Standard Grade) or D – symbol (Higher Grade) in Any one of the following: Mathematics, Accounting or Business Economics.

Bachelor of Commerce in Economics (Hons)

Admission Requirement for BCOM (Economics) Honours degree

A student wishing to enroll for the BCOM Honours degree in economics must have successfully completed BCOM (Undergraduate) degree in economics with an average mark of 60% for the final year undergraduate economics modules.

A student who has obtained an undergraduate degree at another university or any institution may apply for status recognition subject to the prescribed condition above.
The duration of study is one academic year (full time) or two academic years (part time)

Modules on offer

SEMESTER 1

• ECO 5521 Theory of Consumer and Producer Behaviour
• ECO 5522 Advanced Macro-Economics: Close System
• ECO 5523 Research Methodology and Applied Economic
• ECO 5524 Econometrics

SEMESTER2

• ECO 5621 Theory of Market Structure and General Equilibrium
• ECO 5622 Advanced Macro-Economics: Open System
• ECO 5625 Development Economics
• ECO 5600 Mini Dissertation
One module to be selected from the following:
• ECO 5623 Financial Markets and Institutions
• ECO 5624 Monetary Theory and Policy

Admission requirements as per general regulations of the University. The examination comprises of eight (8) compulsory written papers and a mini-dissertation. The degree can be awarded with distinction.

Masters Degree in Economics

Admission Requirements for Masters degree in Economics

The Masters degree in economics is by research. An applicant wishing to enroll for the Masters degree in economics must have a BCOM Honours degree in economics or its equivalent in content. The minimum duration of study is one academic year.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Economics, Doctor of Commerce (DCOM) in Economics

An applicant wishing to enroll for the doctoral degree in Economics (PhD or DCOM) must have a relevant Masters degree or its equivalent. An applicant who has obtained a Masters degree at another university or any other accredited Institution may apply for status recognition. The doctoral degree in economics is by research. The minimum duration of study is two academic years (full time) and three years (part-time).

• Gyekye A B and O A Akinboade (2003); A profile of Poverty in the Limpopo Province of South Africa?; Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review vol XIX, no. 2 June , pp89-109

• Gyekye A B , K M Sikhitha, N M Museisi, N L Ramavhona (2002); Willingness to pay for Water in Rural South Africa: A Case study of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North west provinces

• Gyekye A B and N L Ramavhona (2001); Determinants of Poverty in the Limpopo Province of South Africa

• Gyekye A B and A R Khangale (2004); Sources of capital formation for microenterprises in the Limpopo Province of South Africa

• N M Museisi (2002);? Willingness to pay for water in the Limpopo Province of South Africa : A Case study of Kutama/Sinthumule ; Conference paper at the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, California , USA , June

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Economics:

Designation Name Contacts
HOD Prof. Agyapong B Gyekye
Ph.D (Ohio State University) USA, MA (Virginia State University) USA, BSc. (Hons) University of Science & Technology, Ghana
Tel: - 0159628707
Email: agyapong.gyekye@univen.ac.za
Lecturer AR Khangale
BSc, BCom(Hons)(Univen)
Teaching Areas: Macroeconomics; Labour Economics; Applied Mathematics in Economics
Membership: ESSA member
Tel: +27 (0) 15 962 8386
Email: Khangale@univen.ac.za
Lecturer MA Dagume
BA(Hons)(Univen), BEd(Unisa), MA(Rau) STD (Veco)
Teaching areas: Development Economics; Advanced Microeconomics; History of Economic Thought, Basic Macroeconomics
Tel: +27 (0) 15 962 8451
Email: Mbulaheni.dagume@univen.ac.za
Lecturer G Dafulaya
BSC (Hons) (Zim), MSc
Teaching areas: Microeconomics; Macroeconomics; Econometrics; Industrial Economics
Membership: ESSA member
Tel: + 27 (0) 15 962 8209
Email: gift.dafulaya@univen.ac.za
Lecturer AI Nemushungwa
UED, BCom Eco(Hons) (Univen), MCom (Rau)
Teaching Areas: Money and Banking; Microeconomics; Financial Economics
Tel: +27(0)15 962 8464
Email: Azwifaneli.nemushungwa@univen.ac.za
Lecturer U Masunda
BSc & MSC( Economics)
Teaching areas: Financial Markets; International Economics; Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; South African Economy
Tel: +27 (0) 15 962 8104
Email: ushe.masunda@univen.ac.za
Lecturer NL Ramavhona
BA(Ed)(Univen),BCom(Hons)(UCT),Cert , MAP (Wits), Cert CPBPM (Wits)
Teaching areas: Public Economics; Economies of Africa; Microeconomics; Macroeconomics
Tel: +27 (0) 15 962 8259
Nthambeleni.ramavhona@univen.ac.za