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About the Department of Economics and Economic History at Rhodes University
In essence the study of Economics helps to form judgements on the way in which society should use its limited resources to achieve a high and rising standard of living. Economics concentrates on the aspects of human behaviour involved in the consumption and production of goods and services. It sets out to understand and explain how individuals, business firms, government and other agencies apply resources − labour, land and capital − and how their decisions collectively impact on employment, prices and the welfare of people and countries. Every student in the Commerce Faculty is required to study Economics for two years. It is seen as a vital foundation of underlying knowledge on which other disciplines can build. The thought processes, logic and skills acquired here are vital for you to successfully operate in a business environment.
Economics at Rhodes is offered at a number of distinct levels. The first year course is intended as a broad introduction to the discipline which will give students taking only one year of Economics a sound understanding of basic issues, while laying the foundations on which more advanced study is built. In subsequent years students undertake more advanced study of Microeconomics, the underlying principles for the study of the individual firm or business, and Macroeconomics, the study of the principles governing the operation of the wider economy. There is a strong focus on problems of the South African economy at all years of study.
Source: Department of Economics and Economic History Website (October 2019)
New Directions in South African Tourism Geographies by
Call Number: 338.479168 NEW
Publication Date: 2019-10-11
This book provides an overview of innovative and new directions being chartered in South African tourism geographies. Within the context of global change the volume explores different facets and different geographies of tourism. Key themes under scrutiny include the sharing economy, the changing accommodation service sector, touring poverty, tourism and innovation, tourism and climate change, threats to sustainability, inclusive tourism and a number of studies which challenge the present-mindedness of much tourism geographical scholarship.
The Evolution of Economic Systems by
Call Number: 330.122 CLA
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
The most current text of its kind, The Evolution of Economic Systems: Varieties of Capitalism in the Global Economy explores the effects of politics and culture on the nature of national economic systems. Author Barry Clark distills recent academic work in such areas as comparative political economy, varieties of capitalism, new and old institutional economics, new economic sociology, and social systems of production, presenting the material in a conversational manner that makes it accessible for undergraduate students.
The South African informal sector : creating jobs, reducing poverty by
Call Number: 338.6420968 SOU
Publication Date: 2018
"Although South Africa's informal sector is small compared to other developing countries, it nevertheless provides livelihoods, employment and income for millions of workers and business owners. Almost half of informal-sector workers work in firms with employees. The annual entry of new enterprises is quite high, as is the number of informal enterprises that grow their employment. There is no shortage of entrepreneurship and desire to grow. However, obstacles and constraints cause hardship and failure, pointing to the need for well-designed policies to enable and support the sector, rather than suppress it. The same goes for formalisation. Recognising the informal sector as an integral part of the economy, rather than ignoring it, is a crucial first step towards instituting a 'smart' policy approach. The South African Informal Sector is strongly evidence- and data-driven, with substantial quantitative contributions combined with qualitative findings--suitable for an era of increased pressure for evidence-based policy-making--and utilises several disciplinary perspectives."