Department of Economics

Introduction

The Department of Economics, University of Jos came into existence in 1976 under the headship of Dr. Moses Otigba of blessed memory. Economics is a course in the Social Sciences which studies how man makes use of his relatively scarce resource endowment to meet his needs and those of society.  For a developing economy faced with serious resource constraints, optimal resource utilization is necessary if it is to develop.

            The varying roles of the Economist in a developing economy are of critical importance.  He is a teacher, an administrator, a manager, banker, a businessman, a politician, an international civil servant as well as a Journalist. The multiplicity of roles calls for a careful design of capability, and flexibility of performing duties expected of him/her in the society.  With this as a background, the Economics programme at the University of Jos aims at, producing graduates that would contribute actively to the economic development of their respective countries.

PHILOSOPHY OF THE DEPARTMENT

The mission of the Department of Economics, University of Jos is to: a. Turn out graduates that have imbibed good character and knowledge in the daily discharge of their day to day activities. b. Provide an enabling environment for the pursuit of knowledge in an atmosphere of peace, love and harmony. c. Develop a new generation of Nigerians and other citizens equipped with entrepreneurial skills to meet the challenges of the ever-changing society. d. Train a crop of intellectually sound graduates of economics that will positively impact on the standard of efficiency in industry, education and public administration/governance in Nigeria and the world at large.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The courses are designed to produce graduates who would be in great demand in the labour market. To be specific, the programme has as its aims the following: a. A sound foundation in the basic principles of economic theory b. Exposure to a wide range of specialization of economics widening the range of choice of future professional careers particularly in the civil services, private sector, the academic world and in international organizations. c. Encouragement of students to take relevant courses outside their major disciplines with a view to equipping them with tools and expertise which embellish their effectiveness as economists. d. Preparation in quantitative methods of analysis in economics to provide a good foundation for prospective post-graduate students.
The objectives of the programme are the following: First, highly needed professional manpower would be produced for the teaching profession. Second, the production of graduates who are competent in quantitative methods of analysis as well as in theory thereby increasing the number of students whose undergraduate preparation adequately equips them with the capability of successfully completing post-graduate studies anywhere in the world. Third, preparation in such applied and policy-relevant areas of economics that would help provide services at various sectors and parastatals at all levels of government with policy makers and administrators. Fourth, graduates who have taken course in computer programming and/or accounting and management studies in addition to the core-courses in economics would be in high demand in the private sector. Fifth, through writing term papers and the final year essay, graduates would develop research ability and good writing skills.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

a. Candidates for admission into the four-year degree programme in any of the courses in the Faculty of Social Sciences should possess a Senior Secondary School Certificate or General Certificate of Education or their equivalents, with at least five credit passes of which one shall be in English Language, and at least a credit pass in Mathematics. In addition, candidates must have acceptable passes in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Pre-admission requirements as may be prescribed by the University of Jos. b. Candidates who wish to study Economics must as a necessity have obtained credit pass in Mathematics, English Language and Economics. c. Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall have five credit passes in the General Certificate of Education or its equivalent of which at least two shall be in the advanced level, preferably IJMB. d. The Department does not accept any form of diploma or NCE for Direct Entry admission for the regular programme except where the applicant has a diploma in Economics from a University recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

a. For the purpose of the minimum standards in Social Sciences, the courses are categorized into two: Core (Compulsory), and Elective (optional) courses. Any of these courses may serve as pre-requisites to other courses. A core (compulsory) course must be taken and passed by all students before they can be awarded a degree. b. Elective courses consist of a wide-range of courses from which students must select a given number which they must pass before they can be awarded a degree. Such would be additional and/or advanced course that would not be required for all students, but from those specializing in such subject group. Most of the electives, however, would be outside the compulsory/required subject areas and could be from within or outsider/the Department and/or from within the category to which it belongs. c. An optional course may be taken by a student but be substituted for another if 75% of the course outline/content has not been covered or taught. For each course specified, the categories to which it belongs and weight (unit) attached are indicated. d. All courses are listed under the level in which they could be offered on the programme. However, individual Universities may re-arrange the sequence as they consider appropriate subject to senate approval. e. A unit of a course is defined as the contact hour of lecture (s) per week in a semester of 15 weeks. A minimum of 132 units/credits (four (4) years) is required before a student could graduate from any of the Social Sciences discipline. However, the minimum units/credits required before a student could graduate from Economics is 144 (Please see requirements for each year).

SUB-DIVISON OF COURSES INTO LECTURE-TUTORIAL / PRACTICALS

All students in the Social Sciences should take a minimum load of 15 units of credits per semester. It is important that tutorials are held for students in small groups. There must at least be one tutorial to 2 lecture hours. Thus course of one credit unit should comprise of 12 hours of lecture and 6 hours of tutorials/Semester and three hours of practical/laboratory as the case may be. Where necessary, the Department of Economics should have some hours of practical as is the case with Computer Science in Economics and Econometrics. It is expected that every social science subject-compulsory, Elective and Optional alike would be taught to students for one semester which is about 17 weeks and the teaching should be for four hours a week – two hours of lectures one hour of tutorial/semester and one three-hour practical/laboratory. COMMON COURSES In addition to the courses specified under the various disciplines, the compulsory common courses listed below must be studied by the candidates for a degree in the Social Sciences. (a) General Studies (b) Faculty Courses