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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 .

Vision
To be a centre of excellence for human capital development in economics for the nation the region and the world at large.

Mission
In accordance with the mission for the University of Venda, the Department of Economics aims, to produce a cadre of Economics graduates capable of gaining access to core economics jobs and/ or pursuing careers in government, private sector and civil society and in so doing empower the community the nation and the Southern African region.

The degree programmes offered are:

Module Codes, Titles and Credits

Bachelor of Commerce in Economics

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

The four subjects for admission must include Mathematics or Economics with an achievement level of at least 4 (50 – 59%) plus any two of the following 20 credit subjects: Accounting, Business Studies and Information Technology with an achievement level of at least 3 (40 – 49%).

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.

Modules

ECO1541
ACC1541
BMA1541
COL1541
ECS1541


MAT1545 or
STA1541
ECO1641
ACC1641
BMA1641
COL1642
ECS1643
BIS 1641

MAT1645 or
STA1642
ECO2541
ECO2542


Two from

BMA2541
ACC2541
COL2541
ECO2641
ECO2642


Two from

BMA2641
ACC2641
COL2641
ECO3541
ECO3542

Two from:

BMA3541
ACC3541
ACC3542
SBM1541
ECO3641
ECO3642

Two from:

SBM1641
BMA3641 ACC3641
ACC3642


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 Economics
ECO 5524 Econometrics

SEMESTER 2
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 minidissertation. 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).




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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
Junior Lecturer Sikhitha F., BA, BA (Hons), UED, Univen

Tel: 015 962 8451

Fhatuwani.sikhitha@univen.ac.za