Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics comprises of the following Schools which are based at the Canterbury campus: Anthropology and Conservation, Economics, Business, Law, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, and Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. In addition, two Centres are based at the Medway campus: Journalism, and Professional Practice. The Brussels School of International Studies also belongs to the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The vision for the AEU is to be a leading academic centre of excellence in Africa and the world. In line with this vision, the Department of Economics will be a centre of excellence in the advancement of Economics teaching, research and consultancy in the continent and the world.
The Department’s mission is to advance intellectual and human resource capacity of the nation and international community by providing high standard of Economics knowledge, undertaking research and consultancy and providing advisory services to Botswana and to the international community. This, again, is in line with the University of Botswana’s mission.
As its contribution to the Faculty of Social Sciences and indeed to the University as a whole, the Department of Economics has set out a series of goals in the areas of teaching, research and community services. These are detailed in the following paragraphs.
To provide service courses in economics to students in other disciplines so as to acquaint them with the subject matter of economics as well as with different theoretical and methodological approaches to explaining economic behavior;
To provide all undergraduate students with a critical understanding of the basic economic theories and of the relationships between economics and society;
To provide undergraduate honours students with a sufficiently high quality background in economics so as to enable them to successfully pursue post-graduate training programmes either within or outside Botswana;
To provide all undergraduate students with sufficient skills to pursue occupations requiring an application of the basic level of economic theories, tools and techniques;
To equip graduate students with an advanced level of training in economic theories, tools and techniques and with significant research capacity such that they can succeed either in employment as university academic staff and/or researchers or in employment as practicing economists/consultants or in positions which require independent research or advisory and consultancy initiative;
To provide teaching services to the non-university organizations as part of the university’s outreach or community service function and to do so in a manner that reflects the University’s general commitment to excellence in teaching;
To encourage the production of textbooks for use in courses taught in the Department and elsewhere and to encourage innovation and technical progress in teaching methods.