Introduction to the Economy and Business

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to the Economy and Business

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, Economics, Finance

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    At the end of this module, students should be able to:Explain the basic principles of economic theory and their application in the South African economy Understand the role of consumers, producers and the government in the economy.
    Describe and evaluate South Africa?s recent economic performance. Describe and evaluate the requirements for entrepreneurial success in the SA economy
    Describe/explain the principles of small business functions and apply them to real world settings.Demonstrate an understanding of the environment in which small businesses operate.
    Develop a business plan for a small business. Introduction to Economics and basic economic principles Overview of the South African economy
    Perfect and imperfect competition Production and costs
    Role of entrepreneurship
    The environment in which small business operates Establishing a small business.Principles underlying the main functional areas.Compilation of the Business Plan.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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