Economics (2018)

Economists help people, government and businesses to make better-informed decisions about using natural, human and financial resources to meet their future goals. Studying economics will develop the analytical skills needed for solving real-life issues ranging from employment and housing, to public health, transport and environmental pollution.

Economics is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours and Bachelor of Social Sciences. Economics may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Economics as a single major for the BA, BBus, BMS(Hons) and BSocSc students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Economics, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete ECONS101, ECONS102, ECONS200, ECONS205, ECONS302, either ECONS202 or ECONS301, and 45 points from ECONS303, ECONS304, ECONS305, either ECONS203 or ECONS306, either ECONS204 or ECONS307. BBus students may count one of MNMGT395, MNMGT396 or MNMGT399 in place of 15 points from the 45 point option list.

To complete Economics as part of a double major for the BA, BBus, BMS(Hons), BSocSc, or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Economics, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete ECONS101, ECONS102, ECONS200, ECONS205, ECONS302, either ECONS202 or ECONS301, and 30 points from ECONS303, ECONS304 and ECONS305, either ECONS203 or ECONS306, either ECONS204 or ECONS307.

To complete a minor in Economics, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Economics major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete ECONS101.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Econ) and GradDip(Econ)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Economics at an advanced level in their first degree. The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. There are no specified subject papers that must be completed for these programmes.

  • Prescriptions for the BBus(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), PGCert(Econ), PGDip(Econ), MMS and MSocSc

    The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), PGCert(Econ), PGDip(Econ), MMS and MSocSc.

    There are no specified subject papers for the BBus(Hons) or PGCert(Econ).

    PGDip(Econ) students must complete at least one of ECONS501, ECONS508, ECONS528, ECONS529, ECONS543.

    MMS students must complete: MNMGT582 and either ECONS528 or ECONS529; and one of ECONS590, ECONS591, ECONS592, ECONS593 or ECONS594; and at least one paper from ECONS501, or ECONS508.

    MMS students taking the Applied Economics and Finance interdisciplinary programme must complete either: MNMGT582 and ECONS528 or ECONS529; or take MNMGT581. They must also complete one of ECONS590, ECONS591, ECONS592, ECONS593, ECONS594, FINAN590, FINAN591, FINAN592, FINAN593 or FINAN594; and ECONS501 or ECONS508; and one of ECONS528 or ECONS529 or ECONS543; and FINAN510, FINAN517.

    To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Economics, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ECONS591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Economics.

    To complete an MSocSc in Economics, students must take a 120 point thesis; or a 90 point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers; or a 60 point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
    This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
    This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses.
    ECONS102Economics and Society18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces selected economic models, with a focus on developing and applying critical thinking skills to a range of business and social issues and to economic policies.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECON200Macroeconomics and the Global Economy18S (Tauranga)
    An analysis of the overall performance of the national economy, the role of macroeconomic policy, and the interactions with the global economy.
    ECONS200Understanding the Global Economy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on developing understanding of contemporary global issues, including economic well-being, sustainable growth, emerging economies, world trade and globalisation.
    ECONS203Economics and Strategic Interaction18B (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to provide an introduction to strategic thinking and analysis through the basic techniques of game theory, and to illustrate the range of its applications to almost all fields of social science via a wide array of example applications.
    ECONS204Economics of Land, Water and Environment18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with a detailed understanding of the role of economic analysis in solving real world environmental problems including pollution, sustainable development, resource scarcity, and climate change.
    ECONS205Data Analytics with Business Applications18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 18T (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces various data analytical methods and illustrates their business and economics applications, showing how to use data to communicate more convincingly and to produce better-informed business decisions.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECON301Monetary and Macroeconomics18B (Hamilton)
    The topics in this paper include economic growth, business cycles, employment, inflation, interest and exchange rates, consumption, investment, money, data, and policy.
    ECON302Microeconomics and Business Economics18B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the formal analysis of consumption and business decisions using economic models. Both analytical and numerical methods are used to gain an indepth understanding of important processes.
    ECON304Econometrics18A (Hamilton)
    Linear regression and binary response analysis of economic and financial data with an emphasis on interpretation, computer applications, and forecasting.
    ECON306International Trade and Finance18A (Hamilton)
    This paper considers theoretical and policy issues in relation to international trade and finance.
    ECON307Experimental and Behavioural Economics18B (Hamilton)
    Experimental and Behavioural Economics introduces students to this increasingly popular method for testing and simulating economic theory. The paper stresses the interaction of theory and experiment, relating questions in the theory of markets, games and decisions to issues in experimental design and the analysis and interpretation...
    ECON309New Economics of Business18A (Hamilton) & 18XA (Hamilton)
    This paper emphasises concepts and techniques in the economics of business strategy. Students will be exposed to real world experiences in undertaking business activities, with the aim of preparing them to analyse investment opportunities and evaluate business propositions. The paper will include a wide variety of learning activiti...
    ECON315Environmental and Natural Resource Economics18A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the economics of sustainable development, resource use, pollution control and the conservation of the environment, including practical applications.
    ECON390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Undergraduate Convenor.
    ECON399Applied Project in Economics18I (Hamilton)
    An applied research project investigating an economics related issue in an organisational context.
    FINA311Corporate Finance18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper covers the principles of corporate finance. The material builds upon fundamental present value concepts to examine corporate capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy and cash and liquidity management.
    FINA312Portfolios and Markets18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper provides an introduction to portfolio construction, management, and protection. Based on the concept of risk-return trade-off, this paper discusses the techniques and implications of efficient portfolio diversification and the allocation of assets among different securities.
    FINA313Capital Markets18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces students to the principal capital markets in Australasia, their associated institutions, markets, regulators and their financial functions.
  • 400 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECON401Monetary and Macroeconomics18B (Hamilton)
    The topics in this paper include economic growth, business cycles, employment, inflation, interest and exchange rates, consumption, investment, money, data, and policy.
    ECON404Econometrics18A (Hamilton)
    Further application of estimation methods commonly used in quantitative economics with an emphasis on interpretation.
    ECON406International Trade and Finance18A (Hamilton)
    This paper considers theoretical and policy issues in relation to international trade and finance.
    ECON407Experimental and Behavioural Economics18B (Hamilton)
    Experimental and Behavioural Economics introduces students to this increasingly popular method for testing and simulating economic theory. The paper stresses the interaction of theory and experiment, relating questions in the theory of markets, games and decisions to issues in experimental design and the analysis and interpretation...
    ECON409New Economics of Business18A (Hamilton)
    This paper emphasises concepts and techniques in the economics of business strategy. Students will be exposed to theory and real world experiences in undertaking business activities, with the aim of preparing them to analyse investment opportunities and evaluate business propositions. The paper will include a wide variety of learni...
    ECON415Environmental and Natural Resource Economics18A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the economics of resource use, pollution control and the conservation of the environment, including practical applications.
    ECON490Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Undergraduate Convenor of Department.
    ECON495Industry Experience 418C (Online)
    A period of four to thirteen weeks internship is spent in a host organisation with relevance to the student's major, located in New Zealand or overseas. Students find their own host organisation, which is then approved by the departmental co-ordinator. In addition to the time spent in the host organisation, Weekly small group elect...
    ECON499Report of an Investigation18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
    Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.
    FINA417Multinational Financial Management18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper deals with finance subject matters faced by multinational corporations. The course examines exchange rate determination, currency exposure management, international investments and international capital budgeting.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECON501Macroeconomic Analysis18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers selected aspects of macroeconomic theory, policy and evidence. Most of the topics are centred directly or indirectly on a stylised production function. They include economic growth, business cycles, employment, inflation, price-setting behaviour, macroeconomic policy and the development of macroeconomic analysis.
    ECON506Economics for Business18T (Hamilton)
    An advanced analysis of the economics of business from production through processing to markets and the consumer.
    ECON507Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with a thorough grounding in the applied quantitative techniques required for professional practice in business, finance and economics. The main emphasis is on recognising which techniques are appropriate for particular types of problems, using the techniques and interpreting the results.
    ECON520Microeconomic Analysis - Theory18B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the application of microeconomic analysis. It includes consumer theory, risk and information economics, the economics of production and costs, the theory of the firm and of markets, and general equilibrium theory.
    ECON524Topics in Economic Policy Analysis18A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on selected topics in the economics of policy analysis.
    ECON528Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with theoretical and practical skills in econometrics that should enable them to carry out a wide range of applied analyses involving macroeconomics and finance. The prime focus of this paper is on the application of time-series econometrics. The topics covered include econometric estimation and testing...
    ECON529Microeconometrics18T (Block)
    The purpose of this paper is to provide students with skills in microeconometrics that should enable them to carry out a wide range of empirical analyses using either cross-sectional or panel data on individuals, households or firms. Topics covered include: Maximum Likelihood Estimation: Instrumental Variables and Generalised Metho...
    ECON532International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a systematic analysis of financial relationships among nations and related policy issues. Topics to be discussed include the foreign exchange market, exchange rate determination, the balance of payments, the international monetary system and adjustment and policy co-ordination.
    ECON533Topics in Trade and Development18B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on selected topics in trade and development. These will include aspects of trade policy and evidence in the world economy and current issues in development microeconomics.
    ECON543Applied Econometrics18A (Hamilton)
    A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
    ECON552Global Trade Modelling18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces and applies general equilibrium modelling, particularly to international trade issues. Students will have the opportunity to use real-world data and a sophisticated global model in their assignments.
    ECON589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    Selected topics may be available. Please discuss these with the Graduate Convenor.
    ECON590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Selected topics may be available. Please discuss these with the Graduate Convenor.
    ECON591Economics Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ECON592Economics Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ECON593Economics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ECON594Economics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ECON599Report of an Investigation18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton) & 18I (Hamilton)
    Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS(Hons) degree.
    FINA510Financial Theory and Corporate Policy18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the principles of corporate finance as in FINA311; including capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, cash and liquidity management and advanced theoretical components. Prior exposure to the standard financial concepts and relevant research to this area is assumed.
    FINA519Derivatives Two18T (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to enhance students' ability to understand and analyse derivatives beyond simple futures and options. Major topics include Black-Scholes model, delta-hedging, portfolio insurance, basic numerical procedures, value at risk, GARCH conditional volatility models, credit derivatives, interest rate derivatives and real op...
    MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18T (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and convers...
    MNGT502Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to research paradigms commonly used in research in management studies. It will develop skills in the critical evaluation of research literature, the identification of research problems, and the preparation of research proposals. Students completing the paper will develop a proposal for research in the...
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECON800Economics MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECON900Economics PhD Thesis18C (Tauranga), 18C1 (Hamilton), 18C2 (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 18 June 2019 9:47am

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