SAM2 Microeconomics

Spring 2024

  • Topics

    The course consists of the following parts: (i) theory of consumer behavior, (ii) theory of producer behavior, and (iii) market theory. In part (i) the basic concepts in consumer theory are introduced and used to study the demand for goods and services. In part (ii) we look at the firm's demand for inputs and supply of output, using theories of cost minimisation and profit maximisation. Part (iii) analyses different kinds of markets: perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly, and game theory.

  • Learning outcome

    The course gives an introduction to modern microeconomic theory of consumer and firm behavior and the functioning of markets under perfect competition, monopoly, and oligopoly.

    Upon completion of the course, the student can:


    • Explain the key models in consumer, producer, and market theory.
    • Explain market failures and the foundations for economic policy, for instance to ensure a sustainable environment.


    • Use microeconomic theory to analyse relevant problems.
    • Evaluate different types of economic policy to ensure economic efficiency and sustainability.

    General competence:

    • Communicate microeconomic analysis in a clear way, both in writing and orally.

  • Teaching

    The course consists of plenary lectures and group teaching. 

  • Recommended prerequisites

    It's recommended that the students have acquired knowledge equivalent to SAM1.

  • Compulsory Activity

    i. Oral presentation of case assignment in groups.

    ii. At least 25 correct answers on the multiple choice questions during the semester. There will be 5 rounds of multiple choice, each round consisting of 10 questions with four options.

  • Assessment

    3-hour written pen and paper school exam (100%). 

    It is not possible to take the exam in SAM2 the same semester as the student is taking SAM4, or after the student has passed SAM4. 

    An assessment in SAM2 will be organised in the autumn semester of 2024 for students with a valid course approval. As of autumn 2023, only mandatory bachelor courses with an individual assessment will have an assessment in the non-teaching semester. This only applies to students with a valid course approval. The retake options that applies at all times are decided by the dean for the bachelor program and will be published in the course description.

  • Grading Scale


  • Permitted Support Material


    One bilingual dictionary (Category I) 

    All in accordance with Supplementary provisions to the Regulations for Full-time Study Programmes at the Norwegian School of Economics Ch.4 Permitted support materialhttps://www.nhh.no/en/for-students/regulations/https://www.nhh.no/en/for-students/regulations/ and https://www.nhh.no/en/for-students/examinations/examination-support-materials/https://www.nhh.no/en/for-students/examinations/examination-support-materials/  


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring. Will be offered spring 2024.

Course responsible

Professor Kjetil Bjorvatn, Department of economics.