Economics of South Africa
Two Course Package (6 credit hours with prior approval)
ECON 434: Economics of Poverty and Discrimination - Dr. Dennis Wilson
This course is an upper-division economics course designed to help students apply their knowledge of economics and statistics to issues in poverty and discrimination. This class will introduce students to potential causes of poverty, characteristics of the poor, and different poverty measurements (and problems with these measurements). Students will also examine economic theories of discrimination, measures of discrimination (and problems associated with these measures). Finally, we shall explore policy initiatives designed to curtail poverty and discrimination in the US. The goal of this course is to not resolve the issues of poverty and discrimination but to explore them from an economic perspective so as to better understand their complexity. Students will better understand the economic nature, origins and definitions of poverty and discrimination along with the policies aimed at addressing these topics. By the end of the course, students will be stronger analytical and critical thinkers, and will be much more adept at assessing the meaning and limits of arguments surrounding poverty and discrimination
ECON 410: Economics of South Africa - Dr. Brian Strow
Students should understand how economic theory applies to the development of economies over time. Students will learn to critically compare and contrast current South African economic institutions with similar US economic institutions. They will gain an historical context for why these economic institutions, also evolved from Great Britain, evolved differently than they did in the US. Students should also be able to incorporate the tools of economic analysis into their own decision-making processes. We will witness and discuss the decision methods used by various South African economic institutions while on our travels.
- Robben Island
- Victoria Falls
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