Course outline




16-20 July

Topic 1: “The end of the world as we know it”

23-26 July

Topic 2: Trends in the world economy #1 Blog posts

30 July – 3 August

Topic 3: Drivers of growth and development Group presentations (3)#2 Blog posts

6-8 Augustus

9 August – Women’s day10 August – no classes

13-17 August

Topic 4: Competitiveness of nations Group presentations (3)

20-24 August

Topic 5: Fiscal policy in the EU #3 Blog posts

27-31 August

Topic 6: Monetary policy in the US #4 Blog posts

3-7 September

Topic 7: Financial markets in everything Class debate

10-14 September

Topic 8: Prof Peet Strydom Colloquium:“Emerging markets, growth resilience or hitting a low growth trap?” Attend colloquium

#5 Blog posts

17-21 September

No class

24-28 September

Topic 9: International trade: Challenges and opportunities

Guest lecture (Dr Arno van Niekerk, UFS)

#6 Blog posts

1-5 October



8-12 October

Topic 10: Why nations fail Group presentations (9)

15-19 October

Topic 11: New Growth Path and National Development Plan Group presentations (3)

#7 Blog posts

22-25 October

Topic 12: The way forward for South Africa Class debate

#8 Blog posts

26 October

Exams start Compile your portfolio


  1. We are going to do the presentation on the topic “competiveness of nations”.


    1. Sorry guys, all three slots have aready been taken. There is one open on 3 Aug and two on 12 Oct.

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