Labour Economics

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Labour Economics

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    60% in ECO133 or 60% in ECO134
    ECO121 (B.Econ 4yr)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Main Outcomes
    Upon completion of this module, a student should be able to:
    · Define and apply the basic concepts of labour economics (e.g. economically active
    population, labour force participation rate).
    · Apply the microeconomic tools to analyse labour market outcomes (levels of
    wages and employment).
    · Define important issues such as labour productivity and unit labour costs.
    · Discuss the impact of unions on wages, productivity and unit labour costs.
    · Analyse and interpret the unemployment situation in South Africa.

    Main Content
    · Labour demand and supply in competitive and non- competitive markets
    · Wages and productivity in South Africa
    · The economics of wages and collective bargaining
    · Unemployment in South Africa
    · Human Capital and the demand for skilled labour
    · Labour market inequalities and discrimination.

    Breakdown of Learning Time:
    Contact with lecturer / tutor: 42 hours
    Assignments & tasks: 20 hours, two lectures per week
    Tests & examinations: 7 hours
    Self-study: 31, 1 tutorial per week

    Total learning time: 100

    Methods of Student Assessment
    Final Exam = 50%

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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