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Economics Curriculum Structure

For current students admitted in AY2011-12 and onwards, please click here for your curriculum. 
 
For prospective students, your curriculum is listed below.
 

Foundation Courses

The foundation courses provide a basic background in Mathematics, Economics and Writing. You gain exemption if you are already highly competent in these subjects in junior college, polytechnic or in your previous institution.

  • Calculus (exemptible)
  • Introductory Economics (exemptible)
  • Programme in Writing and Reasoning (exemptible)

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University Core

The University Core is the heart of all SMU undergraduate programmes. It aims to develop breadth in thinking and to give you the skills needed to operate in a dynamic and challenging environment. It also aims to fine-tune your grasp of leadership and communication basics.

  • Business, Government and Society
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • Management Communication

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Economics Core

The Economics Core lays a broad foundation for the study of economics. It has 5 compulsory courses:

  1. Introduction to Statistical Theory
  2.  Intermediate Mathematics for Economics
  3. Intermediate Microeconomics
  4. Intermediate Macroeconomics
  5.  Introduction to Econometrics

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Economics Electives

Economics Electives provide students with specialised knowledge in various fields of economics. A total of 8 courses must be completed, including an international economics component. To satisfy this requirement, students may take

EITHER

  •  International Economics B plus 7 other Economics Electives

OR

  • International Trade AND International Macroeconomics plus 6 other Economics Electives.

The set of Economics Electives is a rich menu of courses offering a wide range of topics to choose from. Some examples are:

  1. Advanced Macroeconomics
  2. Advanced Mathematical Methods
  3. Advanced Microeconomics
  4. Development Economics
  5. Economics of Asymmetric Information
  6. Economic Aspects of Maritime Law
  7. Economic Forecasting
  8. Economics of Ageing
  9. Economics of Politics
  10. Economics of Privatisation, Regulation and Competition Policy 
  11. Empirical Industrial Economics
  12. Environmental Economics
  13. Game Theory
  14. Health Economics
  15. Industrial Organisation
  16. Intermediate Econometrics
  17. Labour Economics
  18. Macroeconomics of Income Distribution
  19. Maritime Economics and Shipping Finance
  20. Monetary Economics
  21. Organisational Economics
  22. Political Economy of Globalisation
  23. Port Economics and Management
  24. Public Sector Economics
  25. Real Estate Economics
  26. Urban Economics and Policy

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Economics Options

A total of 7 courses must be completed in this category. Students may choose courses from among Economics Electives or Economics Options offered by all 6 Schools for which they satisfy the prerequisites.

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Modes of Thinking

Choose one course from this cluster:

  • Analytical Skills & Creative Thinking 
  • Critical Thinking in the Real World
  • Managing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity

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Globalisation

Choose one course from cluster. Some examples under this cluster:

  • World Trade Organization: Law, Economics and Policy
  • International Business
  • Sustainability Governance and Management
  • World Politics
  • International Political Economy

The list of courses provided above may not be exhaustive. The full list can be found via the Course Catalogue.

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Asian Studies

  • Economic Development in Asia (compulsory)

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Technology Studies

Choose one course from cluster. Some examples under this cluster:

  • Computing Technology for Finance
  • Governing, Managing and Protecting Knowledge in Organisations
  • Technology and World Change

The list of courses provided above may not be exhaustive. The full list can be found via the Course Catalogue.

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Entrepreneurship

Choose one course from cluster. Some examples under this cluster:

  • Design Thinking and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Social Entrepreneurship

The list of courses provided above may not be exhaustive. The full list can be found via the Course Catalogue.

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General Education

You may be given exemptions of up to 3 courses on the basis of good grades in the equivalent courses taken at GCE A-level, Polytechnic Diplomas, or other recognised qualifications.

  • Computer as Analysis Tool (compulsory)
  • Any 3 General Education Courses (up to 3 exemptible)

Some examples under this cluster:

  • Creative Writing
  • Dance: East and West
  • Environmental Science

The list of courses provided above may not be exhaustive. The full list can be found via the Course Catalogue.

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Finishing Touch Programme

The Finishing Touch (FT) programme, administered by Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC), consists of a series of Career Preparation & Enrichment workshops to prepare students for internships, job applications and necessary skills for future career success. Students must successfully complete the compulsory Year 1 and Year 2 FT workshops to fulfill their graduation requirement for the FT Programme.

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Internship and Community Service

An important feature of the Bachelor of Science (Economics) curriculum is the internship programme. Every student is guaranteed an internship in one of SMU’s partner network of established organisations in the private and public sectors, both local and international. The programme aims to provide a deeper cross-cultural appreciation of business practices and research as well as the opportunity for work experience and future employment prospects. The minimum duration of the internship is 12 weeks, of which two weeks must be dedicated to community service. This experience of community involvement reinforces the importance of being civic-minded citizens of society.

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Last updated on 27 Dec 2016 .