Economics at Memorial University
Welcome to our website and to your exciting career in economics. If you have, or develop, a passion for economics, you are going to love your journey through the discipline. It will be exciting to see yourself acquire new skills that will enable you to better understand current affairs and to make meaningful contributions to important, real-world issues.
Economics, the scientific study of how societies use scarce resources to produce and distribute commodities, is a versatile and flexible discipline. The department has a strong focus on teaching and applied research. Students graduate with problem-solving skills needed to analyze how individuals (microeconomics) and governments (macroeconomics) can efficiently achieve their objectives, given their constraints.
You may ask: why should I study economics? Well, it’s fun, it’s interesting and it’s enlightening. It will provide you with marketable skills that should enhance your employability. By way of illustration, Statistics Canada recently released Frenette and Frank (2016) which showed that age-adjusted, mean earnings for individuals who were 25 to 54 year old and possessed economics undergraduate or graduate degrees were above the average of all university disciplines within Canada. In particular, for both genders, economics graduates were within the top 20 to 25% of the highest earnings disciplines within Canada.
Decolonizing Education: Toward Cognitive and Social Justice
Location: Online: Zoom
Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 9:30 AM - Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Dr Marie Battiste is Special Advisor to the Vice President Academic and to Unama’ki College (Cape Breton University) presents a talk on Decolonizing the Academy.
In this talk, Dr Battiste delves into the persisting challenges surrounding educational equity for Indigenous peoples in Canadian universities and beyond. Despite decades of efforts to bridge gaps in curriculum, research, and access, the achievements, knowledge, histories, and perspectives of Indigenous communities often remain overlooked, rejected, marginalized, or underutilized within academic institutions. Furthermore, universities tend to express their commitment to Indigenous inclusion in ways that inadvertently perpetuate Eurocentric and colonial perspectives under the banners of excellence, integration, and modernity.
Dr Battiste offers a transformative approach to postsecondary education, one that has the potential to pave the way for more profound decolonization efforts in research, policy development, and the overall experience of Indigenous students and teachers. By shedding light on these challenges and advocating for a more inclusive and respectful approach, this presentation provides a crucial step toward creating a more equitable educational landscape for Indigenous communities in Canada and beyond.
All are welcome to attend this talk which is happening online via zoom, and you can register by going to the following link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/kd75s2b
Brown Bag Luncheon with the President
Location: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences boardroom, A5014
Monday, October 16, 2023 at 1:00 PM - Monday, October 16, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a brown bag luncheon with Dr. Neil Bose, President and Vice-Chancellor, pro tempore, on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in A5014.