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The School of Economics is one of the largest departments in the University, offering tuition to more than 3000 undergraduate students and approximately 150 postgraduate students. The department consists of over 30 staff members who cover a broad range of disciplines in economics in their teaching and research. In addition, the School has a strong research focus and hosts several active research units.

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1994: The Bloody Miracle screening at UCT
22 August, 2014

A local documentary that explores an often untold story – of those who tried to derail South Africa's first democratic elections, pushing the country to the brink of civil war – will be screened at UCT on Tuesday 26 August, with thanks to the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF). 1994: The Bloody Miracle was co-directed by lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies Meg Rickards (together with cinematographer Bert Haitsma) and produced by Paul Egan, managing consultant at the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing.

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Warm welcome back for development policy and practice students
17 August, 2014

Hosted by Vice–Chancellor Dr Max Price and attended by faculty from UCT’s participating Graduate School of Business‚ the Departments of Political Studies and Sociology‚ and the School of Economics‚ the gathering was ’time out’ ahead of the second intensive contact period and an opportunity for students and sponsors to meet.

Importantly‚ the event was an opportunity to thank the scholarship donors who underpin the school and its programmes; organisations such as the South African National Treasury‚ MultiChoice‚ Kemet–Tinco‚ and the Mai Family Foundation‚ among others.

The school is first of its kind in Africa and is modeled on the Harvard Kennedy School in the US‚ renowned for its faculty and pioneering research

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Economics and sociology slowly converging?
17 August, 2014

Some say money; but that only applies – at a stretch – to macroeconomics, writes Dean of Commerce Professor Don Ross in his new book, Philosophy of Economics, published by Macmillan.

The A–rated researcher writes in the introduction (to what is his twelfth published book) that while some maintain economics is about money, others say it is about "incentivised choices".

"Through a review of the history and methodology of economics‚ with special focus on the past 60 years, the book shows why the second answer is more accurate‚ " writes Ross. "But this leads straight into another problem: psychologists study choices too. So how is economics different from psychology? "

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