This course requires 2 options.
Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Orchard
By studying economics, students will consider how New Zealanders are affected by the economic decision-making of individuals, communities, businesses, and government agencies in New Zealand and overseas.
- develop an understanding of the New Zealand economy and the policies that the Government uses to manage it
- make sense of economic problems that they may be facing, now and in the future
- make connections between New Zealand’s economy and the global economy.
Students will understand why New Zealand consumers may experience price increases for products, such as cheese and butter, if local producers are exporting goods such as dairy produce for increasing returns.
Students will be challenged to find solutions to current macro-economic issues, such as unemployment, poverty, low economic growth, inflation, overuse of natural resources, and trade balances.
Topic of study: Unemployment
- Government macro-economic goals
- Economic modelling of the labour market and the wider economy
- Types of unemployment
- Causes and impacts of unemployment on different groups of society
Students learn through online quizzes with immediate feedback, economic modelling and graphing skills, and application to a local New Zealand unemployment context.
Topic of study: Contemporary Economic Issue of Inequity in the Housing Market
- Economic modelling of Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply and inequity in the economy
- Causes of rising house prices
- Impacts of rising house prices on groups in society
Topic of study: Economic Growth
- Economic modelling of circular flow, production possibilities
- Measures of growth including economic and non-economic factors
- Causes of economic growth
- Impacts of economic growth
Students begin to learn by economic modelling on whiteboards in groups and dissecting the weekly business news and its impact on the macroeconomy
Topic of study: Trade
- Economic modelling of the foreign exchange market, two country model and the price taker model
- Reasons for trade in New Zealand
- Free trade vs protectionism
- Impacts of trade on different groups in society
Topic of study: Government Policies
- Monetary policy, fiscal policy and trade policies
Students begin to learn by analysing case studies in more depth and discussing the impact on the macro economy
Term of revision for examinations
Students develop writing skills to improve ability to compare and contrast two or more impacts on the macro economy
If you did not take a pathway course at Level 1, or achieved fewer than 14 credits in that course, you will need HOD approval.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course.
Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
* 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and
* at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
For a full list of UE approved subjects, go here:
Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Term: 4, Week: 8
Term: 4, Week: 8
Term: 1, Week: 10
Term: 4, Week: 1
Term: 2, Week: 5
Economics can lead to a range of future career options. Specialist economists work for government agencies, various businesses (both in New Zealand and overseas), manufacturing, communications, insurance, banks and finance companies. However, the knowledge and skills gained through economics can be used in a wide range of occupations such as in research and analysis, administration, education.,