SØK 3442 Economics

SØK 3442 Economics

Course code: 
SØK 3442
Course coordinator: 
Terje Synnestvedt
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Bachelor - Common Courses
2019 Autumn
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One semester

Economics concerns how limited resources will be used to meet our material needs. Roughly, the socioeconomic subject separates into two main blocks; microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics focuses on the behavior of individual individuals and companies, price formation in different types of markets, what is efficient use of resources and more. Macroeconomics, on the other hand, focuses on aggregated sizes in the economic life and relationships between these sizes. The subject is about collective value creation in a nation, cyclical movements, unemployment, general price increases and deficits or surpluses in the foreign economy, and not least how economic policy can affect macroeconomic development.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completing the course, students will have achived:

  • Understanding of what influences supply and demand for different products and how prices are formed in the short term and develop in the long term under different market framework conditions.
  • Insight into how the authorities can influence the market framework conditions.
  • Knowledge of the criteria for efficient use of resources.
  • Good understanding of macroeconomic concepts and understanding of relationships between macroeconomic variables. Amongst these, the students will gain insight into the causes of unemployment, why we have changes in capacity utilization over time, what affects general price developments and how the Norwegian economy is affected by the international economy.
  • Knowledge of key objectives of economic policy, what mechanisms the government has for influencing economic development and how these tools can work.
  • Knowledge of global environmental problems and challenges in creating sustainable growth.
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain how prices are formed in different markets and explain how prices in different markets evolve over time.
  • Explain what characterizes an efficient use of resources, how different markets work in terms of efficiency and what the government can do to influence market structures and thus resource utilization.
  • Finding relevant macroeconomic sizes and indicators, for example, can be used in assessing whether a country is in a proseperity or recession.
  • Discuss some basic economic contexts and develop a critical sense that allows them to differentiate between correct and false statements about macroeconomics and macroeconomic policies.
General Competence

The students will be aware of the effectiveness and distribution effects of different market formats. They should also be aware of the fundamental conflicts of interest and conflicts of affairs that are linked to economic policies, including assessing an economic problem from different perspectives regarding the different interests of different groups.

Course content
  • Markets and price formation in the short and long term
  • Efficiency
  • Market power
  • National accounts and economic indicators
  • Labor market and structural unemployment
  • Money, credit and currency
  • Business cycles
  • Fiscal policy
  • Monetary policy
  • The prosperity of nations
Teaching and learning activities

The course will consist of a combination of lectures and assignments. A good academic result requires activity in the form of the following guidance system: As a student you will get a coursework requirement which means that you must submit individual assignments in BI's electronic learning platform, Itslearning, within specified deadlines. Feedback will be given electronically or via lectures. Assessment of own and fellow students' assignments can also be a tool in the learning process. There will be 5 work requirements in the course. To be able to sit for the final exam, 3 of the 5 work requirements must be approved by lecturar. At the start of the course, it will be stated which time limits apply to the publications / submissions.

In course delivery as online courses, lecturer will, in collaboration with the student administration, organize an appropriate course implementation, combining different learning activities and digital elements on the learning platform. Online students are also offered a study guide that will contribute to progression and overview. Total recommended time spent for completing the course also applies here.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge

There are no special requirements for prior knowledge.

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredComment coursework
Mandatory 53In order to sit for final exam, students must get 3 out of 5 assignments approved by lecturar.
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Mandatory coursework:Mandatory
Courseworks given: 5
Courseworks required:3
Comment coursework:In order to sit for final exam, students must get 3 out of 5 assignments approved by lecturar.
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Written submission
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  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
3 Hour(s)
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Examination every semester
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Ordinary examination
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Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Feedback activities and counselling
6 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
131 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
24 Hour(s)
3 Hour(s)
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.