International Relations


PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

To produce graduate of International Relations who will be able to contribute effectively to national development as well as the understanding of its International dimensions.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES     

The B.Sc. Degree in International Relations aims at serving a number of inter-related objectives.

  • To train students who will be equipped to analyse and undertake research on international affairs.
  • To develop a critical outlook on questions relating to the theory and practice of political activities at the level of international society as well as strategies and economics matters at the international level.
  • In this way, it will provide an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of International Relations.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

General University Admission Requirements

Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)

  • Admission into Obong University shall be through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) or Direct Entry. In addition to attaining the general required standard in UTME, candidates must satisfy the general university requirements as well as the specific School/Faculty and Programmes requirements. All admissions shall be through JAMB.
  • Candidates must possess at least five (5) credit passes in relevant subjects (Government, History, Economics, Geography, Mathematics, Literature–in-English) including English Language at GCE O/L, WASCE, SSCE, NECO or approved equivalents at not more than 2 sittings.
  • Candidates with Teachers Grade II (TC II) with passes at credit or merit levels in conjunction with credit passes in relevant subjects at GCE, WASCE, SSCE, NECO or approved equivalents may be considered. No subject may be counted at both TC II and GCE O/L
  • Candidates who wish to change their first choice to Obong University are required to:

i). Apply for change of Institution through JAMB and

ii). Obtain Obong University Application Form

  • All candidates will be required to go through the Obong University’s Screening Exercise.

Direct Entry

                  Candidates for Direct Entry admission must possess any of the following         qualifications:

  • Two (2) passes at GCE A/L, HSC, IJMB, JUPEB or approved equivalents in relevant subjects (Government or History, Mathematics, Economics, Sociology and Business Management) and at least credit passes in three (3) other subjects, including English Language at GCE (O/L), WASCE, SSCE, NECO or approved equivalents at not more than two sittings
  • Three (3) passes at GCE A/L, HSC, IJMB, JUPEB or approved equivalents in relevant subjects and at least credit passes in two (2) other subjects including English Language at GCE (O/L), WASCE, SSCE, NECO or approved equivalents at not more than two sittings.
  • Two (2) passes at merit level or above in two (2) recognized NCE, OND, HND subjects or approved equivalents and at least 3 credit passes in other subjects including English Language at GCE O/L, WASCE, SSCE, NECO or approved equivalents at not more than two sittings.
  • Two “A” level passes in social science subject from Government/ History, Economics, Sociology, Mathematics and Business Management.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

                  Students are required to pass the prescribed courses in the three (3) categories.

                  -The General Courses                   -           (GST)

                  -The Departmental Courses          -           (Core and Required)

                  -The Elective Courses

(a)               Grades obtained in all approved courses of a student’s prescribed programme,            excluding audited courses, shall be used to compute the GPA.

(b)             When a student had registered for a course but the result is unavailable due to no fault            of the student, no result will be recorded for that course and the student will re-    register for it in the next academic year. The second registration will be treated as         first attempt, provided the student formally notifies his/her Department.

(c)              Procedure for the Review of Scripts of Aggrieved Student Academic Grievances are   treated on their merit. The Department runs an open door policy in addressing all       manners of student’s challenges for the sake of justice and peace. The most common      is examination results; the student should lodge complaints and grievances in writing        to the HOD, who would process the letter and forward same to the lecturer in                   question. If the challenge is outside the Department, then the letter is routed to the       lecturer’s HOD. In this way only the lecturer involved in teaching and examining the            course alongside his/her HOD are aware of the emerging issue. Other academic        grievances are usually handled by the respective lecturers with assistances of HOD      and the academic advisers.

 

 

DETAILED CURRICULUM: FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMME IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

100 LEVEL                 FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE

CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

General Courses

 

 

GST 111

Communication in English 1

2

GST 112

Logic, Philosophy and Human Existence

2

GST 113

Nigerian People & Culture

2

CDS 111

Community Development Service

1

BSM 111

Life and Teachings of Christ (The Four Gospels)

1

Compulsory Courses

 

 

INR 111

Introduction to International Relations

2

INR 112

History of Europe 1300-1914 (I)

2

INR 113

Ancestors of the Contemporary International System

2

Required Courses

 

 

INR 113

Introduction to Management

2

POL 111

Introduction to Political Science

2

Elective Course

 

 

LAW 111

Nigerian Legal System I

2

Total

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

General Courses

 

 

GST 121

Use of Library, Study Skills and Information Communication Technology (ICT)

2

GST 122

Communication in English II

2

GST 124

Communication in French OR Arabic

2

GST 125

Citizenship Education

2

BSM121

Christian Awareness

       1

Compulsory Courses

 

 

INR 121

Evolution of the Contemporary International System

2

INR122

Introduction to African Politics

2

INR123

History of Europe 1300-1914 (II)

2

Elective Course

 

 

LAW 121

Nigerian Legal Systems II

2

Total

 

17

 

200 LEVEL               FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

General Courses

 

 

GST 212

Introduction to Computer

2

GST 214

History and Philosophy of Science

2

CDS 211

Community Development Service

1

BSM 211

Creation and Kingdom

       1

Compulsory Courses

 

 

INR 211

Structure of International Society

2

INR 212

Introduction to Political Analysis

2

INR 213

Political Thought Plato-Machiavelli

2

Required Courses

 

 

INR 214

Nigerian Politics

2

INR 215

Elements of Contemporary Global Studies

2

Elective Course

 

 

SOC 214

Social Psychology I

2

Total

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE

 CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

General Courses

 

 

GST 221

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

2

GST 222

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills

2

BSM 221

Prophets  and Wisdom Literature

        1

Compulsory Courses

 

 

INR 221

Political Thought Since Hobbies

2

INR 222

Foundation of Political Economy

2

INR 223

New States in World Politics

2

Required Courses

 

 

INR 224

French/Portuguese/Arabic

2

INR 225

Elements of Contemporary Global Studies

2

Elective Course

 

 

SOC 224

Social Psychology II

2

Total

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

300 LEVEL               FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

General Courses

 

 

GST 311

Application of Computer

2

GST 312

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Studies

2

Compulsory Courses

 

 

INR 311

International Economic Relations I

2

INR 312

Research Methods

2

INR 313

Weapons of Mass Destruction

2

INR 314

The International Public Law

2

INR 315

Theories of International Relations

2

INR 316

The International Political System

2

PAD 319

Theory and Practice of Administration

2

Elective Course

 

 

SOC 315

Intergroup Relations

2

Total

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER                                                                                                                    

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

Compulsory Courses

 

 

INR 321

International Economic Relations II

2

INR 322

Climate Change and Governance

3

INR 323

Intentional Politics in the Post-Cold War Era

3

INR 324

International Politics of Africa

3

INR 325

Field Trip

3

INR 326

Research Methods

2

Total

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

400 LEVEL               FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

Compulsory Courses

 

 

INR 411

Foreign Policy Analysis

2

INR 412

Human Rights

2

INR 413

Contemporary Strategic Studies

2

INR 414

International Institutions

2

INR 415

Research Project

3

Elective Courses (Choose any Two)

 

 

INR 415

Race and Ethnicity in International Relations

2

INR 416

Africa and the Middle East

2

INR 417

Asia in World Politics 

2

INR 418     

International Relations in Southern Africa

2

INR 419

Europe in World Politics

2

Total

 

15

 

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

Compulsory Courses

 

 

INR 421

Nigerian Foreign Policy

3

INR 422

Foreign Policies of the Powers

3

INR 423

Research Project

3

Elective Courses (Choose any Two)

 

 

INR 424

International Relations in North Africa and the Maghreb

3

INR 425

Technology, Ecology and Environmental Issues in International Relations

3

INR 426

The International   Politics of Mass Communication  

3

INR 427

The Middle East in World Politics

3

INR 428

The Politics of International Economic Relations

3

Total

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR B.Sc. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS      

 

GST 111: Communication in English (2 Units)

Effective communication and writing in English, Language skills, writing of essay answers, Comprehension, Sentence construction, Outlines and paragraphs, Collection and organization of materials and logical presentation, Punctuation.

GST 112: Logic Philosophy and Human Existence (2 Units)

A brief survey of the main branches of Philosophy Symbolic Logic Special symbols in symbolic Logic-conjunction, negation, affirmation, disjunction, equivalent and conditional statements law of tort; The method of deduction using rules of inference and bi-conditionals qualification theory; Types of discourse, Nature or arguments, Validity and soundness; Techniques for evaluating arguments; Distinction between inductive and deductive inferences; etc. (Illustrations will be taken from familiar texts, Including literature materials, Novels, Law reports and newspaper publications).

GST 113: Nigerian Peoples and Culture (2 Units)

Study of Nigerian history, culture and arts in pre-colonial times, Nigerian’s perception of his world, Culture areas of Nigeria and their characteristics, Evolution of Nigeria as a political unit, Indigene/settler phenomenon, Concepts of trade, Economic self-reliance, Social justice, Individual and national development, Norms and values, Negative attitudes and conducts (cultism and related vices), Re-orientation of moral Environmental problems.

CDS 111:        Community Development Service (1 Unit)

At the end of this course, the student should be able to: Know the basic concepts in community development; Define community and community development; explain the scope of community development; explain the following concepts:

  1. i) Felt-need; ii) Directive approach; iii) Non-directive approach; iv) Integrated approach; v) Team approach; vi) Matching-grant approach. Student should also be able to: Understand the role of community development in national development: Define development as a holistic and normative phenomenon involving everybody in the nation; Explain the importance of UNESCO’s involvement in community development; Assess community development as a socio-economic and political programme

BSM 111: Life and Teaching of Christ [The Four Gospels] (1 Unit)

A study of the historical development and foundations of the four Gospels, with special focus on themes and theological perspectives unique to each and on the distinctive approaches of the four evangelists to the life, message of death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ

 

INR 111: Ancestors of the Contemporary International System (2 Units)

A brief survey of the fore-runners of the contemporary international system to highlight some earlier answers to the problem of co-existence, order and peace; focus on previous examples of arrangements for organizing relations between diverse peoples from which our modern system sprang; The Chou system; the Greek City States; the Egyptian; Assyrian, Persian world, Renaissance Italy etc.

INR 112 & 123: History of Europe; 1300-1914: (I & II) (2 – 2 Units)

Ideas, concepts and institutions which influenced the evolution of Europe and sustained it up to the era of the French Revolution and beyond; feudalism, the church; cities, humanism, renaissance; reformation; the commercial and scientific revolutions; absolutism, enlightenment; industrial revolution; the advent of the principle of nationality and the globalization of the international system.

INR 113: Introduction to Management (2 Units)

Basic concepts in management; management principles; functions of the manager; planning and organization; span of control, departmentalization, line and staff authority; staffing; selection of managers; appraisal of managers; development and training of managers; direction and leading; motivation; leadership, communication, controlling, the system and process of controlling special control techniques; recent development of control process; the Nigeria environment problems; transferability of the management system.

INR 114: Major World Civilization (2 Units)

This is a general survey of some of the major contributions to historical development, e.g. the Egyptians, the Arabs, the Greek, the Romans, the Chinese, the Aztec, the Mayan, the Indus and the Europeans.

POL 111: Introduction to Political Science (2 Units)

This course introduces the student to the nature of politics and how it is played. It emphasises the issues of political discourse and practise. It also introduces students to the language and basic concept of politics. The student is later introduced to methods of political science research.

LAW 111 / 121:         Nigerian Legal Systems (2 – 2- Units)

The main aim of this course is to introduce the student to the study of the sources of Nigerian law generally, to acquaint him with the machinery for the administration of justice in Nigeria and to further the student’s ability to understand the problems and concepts of substantive law by elucidating the judicial process. Emphasis should be placed on the interaction between various arms of our legal system and the social context which the legal system is supposed to serve.

 

First Semester – Part I (2 Units)

(a) The idea of a legal system

(b) Nature and function of law

(c) Classification of law

Sources of Nigeria Law:

(a) Legislation; Judicial Precedents/Case law; Customary law; Islamic law; English Common Law and Doctrine of Equity

(b) Reception and application of English law in Nigeria

Second Semester – Part II (LAW 121)

(i) Internal Conflicts

(a) Different Customary Laws/Islamic Laws

(b) English Law and Customary Law

(c) English Law and Islamic Law

(ii) Judicial Institutions

(a) The Role of the Judiciary

(b) The History and Development of the Courts

(iii) Types and Jurisdiction of Courts

(a) Customary and Area Courts

(b) Magistrate and District Courts

(c) Court of Record

(d) Special Courts:

- Sharia Court of Appeal

- Customary Court of Appeal

- Tribunals (excluding Commissions of Inquiry)

(iv) Judicial Personnel – Appointment and Tenure

(v) Outline of Civil and Criminal procedure in Nigeria

(vi) Legal Aid and Advice:

- Development and future of Law in Nigeria

- The Organization of legal education and Legal profession in Nigeria.

GST 121: Use of Library, Study Skills and Information Communication Technology (ICT) (2 Units)

Brief history of libraries, Library and education, University libraries and other types of libraries, Study skills (reference services); Types of library materials, using library resources including e-learning, e-materials; etc., understanding library catalogues (card, OPAC, etc.) and classification, Copyright and its implications, Database resources, Bibliographic citations and referencing. Development of modern ICT, Hardware technology Software technology, input devices, Storage devices, Output devices, Communication and internet services, Word processing skills (typing, etc.).

GST 122: Communication in English II (2 Units)

Logical presentation of papers, Phonetics, Instruction on lexis, Art of public speaking and oral communication, Figures of speech, Précis, Report writing.

GST 124: Communication in French (2 Units)

Introduction to French, Alphabets and numeric for effective communication (written and oral), Conjugation and simple sentence construction based on communication approach, Sentence construction, Comprehension and reading of simple texts.

OR

 GST 124: Communication in Arabic (2 Units)

Introduction to Arabic alphabets and writing systems; Elementary conversational drills, Basic reading skills, Sentence construction in Arabic.

 

GST 125: Citizenship Education (2 Units)

Citizenship Education as a general study course aims at equipping students with information on their rights, duties and obligations as citizen to themselves, their neighbours and community or nation as a whole. It also includes discussions and some current medical/health, environment and equips students with some means of preventing, controlling and overcoming the impediments to these.

 

BSM 121: Christian Awareness (1 Unit)

A study of the New Testament challenge to wholeness based on the command to love God, self, and others. Contemporary helps and hindrances to that quest examined in the light of ecumenical developments

 

INR 121: Evolution of the Contemporary International System (2 Units)

The evolution of the contemporary international system from 1648 up to the end of the Second World War; particular emphasis on the European International System and factors which led to the globalization of that system by the end of 1945.

 

INR 122: Introduction to African Politics (2 Units)

The origins, nature and problems of African politics; problems of colonialism, Neo-colonialism and apartheid; Succession to power, military rule etc., Africa’s lingering dependence on the former metropolis, and Africa in international politics.

 

INR 124:         UN- Specialized World Civilization (2 Units)

This course covers topics such as International Economics Consultation (UN General Assembly, IMF/World, G-7 etc.). The United Nations and the Environmental; roles of UNEP and other existing UN Specialized agencies in ecological security; trade and development; roles of GATT and UNCTAD in protectionism; technical cooperation and specialized agencies; roles of UNDP assistance to member countries and the NIEO.

 

GST 212: Introduction to Computer (2 Units)

History of Computer Science and their generations; Role and Applications of Computer Science in Information and Communication Technology; Computer hardware, functional Components; Modern Input/outcome units. Basic elements of a microcomputer; Block diagram, data/ instruction flow, control flow, functions, operating principles and examples; Software types, packages and applications; Functional components of computer, characteristics of a computer.

GST 214: History and Philosophy of Science (2 Units)

Man – his origin and nature, Man and his cosmic environment, Scientific methodology, Science and technology in the society and service of man, Renewable and non-renewable resources – man and his energy resources, Environmental effects of chemical plastics, Textiles, Wastes and other material, Chemical and radiochemical hazards; Introduction to the various areas of science and technology; Elements of environmental studies.

CDS 211: Community Development Service (1 Unit)

At the end of this course, the student should be able to: Comprehend basic principles and philosophies of community development: Define the principle of felt-need; Explain the principle of democracy and community work; Explain the concept of the spirit of community work; Examine the limitation of the government to provide for all the needs. Student should also be able to: Know the roles of community development workers; Define community development worker; Explain the role of the community development worker as a guide; Explain the community development worker as a social therapist, etc.

 N/B:                                                   

Each Student should identify and carry out individual/ group project that would impact on the host community.

 

BSM 211: Creation and Kingdom (1 Unit)

An examination of the history of the Church from its earliest beginnings in Palestine through the Second Vatican Council; All major and significant episodes of the history of the Church are covered, with more in-depth study of the Crusades and the Protestant Reformation. Students are also provided some familiarity with Christian thinkers who have made significant contributions to Church doctrine and theology

                                                

INR 211: Structure of International Society (2 Units)

The major historical, intellectual and sociological developments which have shaped relations between nations, particularly the industrial and technological revolution; the spread of nationalism; the breakup of the European empires and the rise of the superpowers

 

INR 212:         Introduction to Political Analysis (2 Units)

The nature of politics, political systems and the structure of government; political representation, institutions of different regimes, the relationship between regimes and political efficiency, citizen participation and political culture.

                  

INR 213: Political Thought: Plato-Machiavelli (3 Units)

A general survey of Classical and Medieval thought up to the fifteenth century with a focus on individual thinkers; pre-occupations of political thought; the language and methods of political analysis.

 

INR 214: Nigerian Politics (2 Units)

The federal arrangement and division of power, critical issues in Nigerian politics i.e., Census, elections; education; representation and representativeness, ethnic relations etc.,

 

INR 215: Elements of Contemporary Global Studies (2 Units)

Issues of Contemporary global interest such as Globalisation, terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Environmental Degradation, HIV/AIDS, Malaria etc.,

 

SOC 214 & 224:        Social Psychology 1 & 11 (2 – 2- UNITS)             

Social Psychology as a branch of sociology and psychology. Self and its modification through social interaction, individual behaviour as influence by social factors, social structures and behaviours of others; Basic theoretical orientation the gestalts, behaviourist and psycho-analytic orientation. Socialization, social learning, internalization; conscience formation, values and attitudes; prejudice and discrimination; stereotypes; attitude change; social movement; group dynamic; Roles and expectation; interpersonal attraction and relations; social psychology and social change; group Productivity; group relations; pro social and anti-social behaviours in crowd.

STA 214 & 222: Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences I & II (2-2 Units)

The nature of statistics, statistical inquiries, forms and design, the role of statistics and basic concepts in statistics

 

GST 221: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (2 Units)

Basic Concepts in peace studies and conflict resolution, Peace as vehicle of unity and development, Conflict issues, Types of conflict, e.g. Ethnic/religious/political/economic conflicts, Root causes of conflicts and violence in Africa, Indigene/settler phenomenon, Peace – building, Management of conflict and security; Elements of peace studies and conflict resolution, Developing a culture of peace, Peace mediation and peace-keeping, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); Dialogue/arbitration in conflict resolution, Role of international organizations in conflict resolution, e.g. ECOWAS, African Union, United Nations, etc.

GST 222: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills (2 Units)

Introduction to entrepreneurship and new venture creation; Entrepreneurship in theory and practice; Introduction The opportunity, Forms of business, Staffing, Marketing and the new venture; Determining capital requirements, Raising capital; Financial planning and management; Starting a new business, Feasibility studies; Innovation; Legal Issues; Insurance and environmental considerations; Possible business opportunities in Nigeria.

 

BSM 221: Prophets and Wisdom Literature (1 Unit)

A study of the Books of the Prophets and Wisdom and Deuterocanonical Literature, with an emphasis on their historical background, role in the development of Judaism, and theological significance; Particular focus on Old Testament themes of election, covenant, exile, monotheism, faithfulness, and justice.

                       

INR 221: Political Thought since Hobbes (2 Units)

A critical analysis of post 17th century normative political thought with emphasis on liberal democratic traditions; Marxism-Leninism and the thoughts of people like Fanon, Senghor, Nkrumah etc.,     

 

INR 222: Foundations of Political Economy (2 Units)

Relationship between politics and economics; economics and determinants of politics with emphasis on the material basis of political actions.

 

INR 223: New States in World Politics (2 Units)

The collapse of imperial rule in Asian and African countries, forms of government in the new states, their main preoccupations, their role in international order; U.N., international law, international military order, international economic order, international morality; their role as producers or consumers of international order, the contemporary new statehood, neutralism and nonalignment, imperialism and neo-colonialism.

 

INR 224: French/ Portuguese/ Arabic (2 Units)

As described in the French/Portuguese/Arabic course content.

 

INR 225:         Elements of Contemporary Global Studies (2 Units)

Issues of Contemporary global interest such as Globalisation, terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Environmental Degradation, HIV/AIDS, Malaria etc.          

GST 311: Application of Computer (2 Units)

Introduction to personal computer applications; Overview of basic computer hardware and system software concepts; Projects include using various application software packages' such as: word processing, spreadsheets, electronic e-mail, and computer network browsers.

 

GST 312: Introduction to Entrepreneurship Studies (2 Units)

Some of the ventures to be focused upon include the following:  Soap/Detergent; Tooth brushes and Tooth paste making; Photography; Brick, nails, screws making; Dyeing/Textile blocks paste making; Rope making; Plumbing; Vulcanizing; Brewing; Glassware production/Ceramic, production; Paper production; Water treatment/Conditioning/Packaging; Food processing/packaging/preservation; Metal working/Fabrication – Steel and aluminium door and windows; Training industry; Vegetable oil/and Salt extractions; Fisheries/Aquaculture; Refrigeration/Air conditioning; Plastic making; Farming (crop); Domestic Electrical wiring; Radio/TV repairs; Carving; Weaving; Brick laying/making; Bakery; Tailoring; Iron welding; Building drawing; Carpentry; Leather tanning; Interior decoration; Printing; Animal husbandry (Poultry, Piggery, Goat etc.); Metal Craft – Blacksmith, Tinsmith etc.; Sanitary wares; Vehicle maintenance; Bookkeeping

INR 311 & 321: International Economic Relations I & II (3 - 3 UNITS)

The economic basis of some of the actions and reactions in international politics, international trade; commercial policy; capital movement etc.; role of IMF; World Bank and other monetary agencies; multi-national enterprises; customs unions, and currency areas.

 

INR 312: The International Political System (3 Units)

The emergence and organization of the modern international system; the political processes in the international community and contemporary thought on state activity; the external needs of states and goals of states activity; the means of exerting pressures, and the forms of political relationships between states; the dynamic aspects, revolutionary movements; the external projection of political values, and the changing distribution of power and leadership; war as a contingency in international life; mechanisms for maintaining International Order.

 

INR 313: Diplomacy (3 Units)

The meaning and historical development of diplomacy; the contribution of individuals to the development of diplomacy; tasks of diplomacy and diplomatic protocol and rules of courtesy; diplomacy and intelligence; acceptance of peaceful methods; mediation, conciliation and good offices.

 

INR 314: Law of Nations (3 Units)

An examination of the foundations of international law; problems of formation, changes and modern trends.

 

INR 315: Theories of International Relations (3 Units)

An examination of the following basic concepts and theories: Power, Conflict and Accommodation, Systems’ Theory; Linkage Politics; the Theory of Coalitions and Alliances; Games and Simulation.

                    

INR 322: Logic and Methods of Political Inquiry (3 Units)

An examination of the boundary of political studies; the various modes of political analysis with emphasis on scientific methods; the logic and language of inquiry; the problems of political evaluation and the sources of data with emphasis on survey, questionnaire construction, statistical association, scaling and content analysis together with the reporting of results.

 

INR 323: International Politics in the Post-Cold War Era (3 Units)

The end of the Cold War and its effects on the international system; the collapse of communism and disintegration of alliance systems; the democratic fever in the Third World and Eastern Europe; the UN and the challenges of peace-keeping and peace-making’; options and tendencies in the emerging world; Africa and the problems of marginality.

 

INR 324: International Politics of Africa (3 Units)

An investigation into the relationships between Africa, and the great powers and Africa and international organizations

 

INR 325: Field Trip (3 Units)

Visits and attachment to selected international institutions, ministries, diplomatic missions and other agencies relevant to the study and practical aspects of diplomacy; written reports at the conclusion of the attachment.

                      

INR 326: Theory and Practice of Administration (3 Units)

Evolution of administrative organization theory from the classical through the neo-classical to the modern; relation of administration to politics and the political process; administrative behaviour in various international settings; interplay of political institutions and administrative patterns of political institutions and administrative patterns of behaviour; study of personnel administration, decision-making in bureaucratic organizations.

 

INR 411: Foreign Policy Analysis (3 Units)

Nature of foreign policy as an activity; purposes, aims and determinants of foreign policy; internal and external pressures; decision-making in foreign policy; different theories and categories which may be employed. Some selected cases, the American decision to go to war in Korea in 1950; the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962; the British decision to join the EEC 1961-1970; the French decision to withdraw from the integrated NATO Command Structure in 1966; Israel decision to go to war in June 1967.

 

INR 412: Human Rights (3 Units)

A study of the nature of human rights; an evaluation of contemporary experience and institutions in protecting and reinforcing such rights both nationally and internationally.

                                                                   

INR 413: Contemporary Strategic Studies (2 Units)

Contemporary strategic concepts; Brinkmanship; Containment; Massive Retaliation, Flexible and Gradual Response; Deterrence, Saturation etc., The evolution of strategic and military policy since 1945 with special reference to the U.S., the Soviet Union, Western Europe and China. An examination of developments in weapons technology since the Second World War and their impact on the U.S.A., U.S.S.R, and Western Europe; Perestroika, Glasnost; strategic thinking in the post-Cold War period.

 

INR 414: International Institutions (3 Units)

The origins of international institutions; writings on international institutions; failure of the League of Nations; the various peace conferences before the establishment of the United Nations; the origins of the U.N; Charter; the various organs and its agencies; the changing emphasis of its role in the 60s to the present time; Regional Institutions; OAU, ECOWAS, etc.

 

INR 415: Race and Ethnicity in International Relations (3 Units)

Politics of race and ethnic nationalism; their impact on inter-state relations; patterns of conflict management strategies, materials to be drawn from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas e.g. role of Jewish League in the U.S.A.; and the concept of overseas Africans and African foreign policy

 

INR 416: Africa and the Middle East (3Units)

An examination of the development of Afro-Middle East political, economic, and cultural relations, the AU and Arab League in Afro-Arab Relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict in Afro-Arab Relations; oil, decolonization, development issues in Afro-Middle East relations.

 

INR 417: Asia in World Politics (3 Units)

International politics in Asia from World War II to the present, analysing the decline of the European colonial order in India, Pakistan and South-East Asia; Japan after World War II, the Cold War alliances; nonalignment; the role of the ASEAN; impact of the changing international order on regional politics and diplomacy.

 

INR 418: International Relations in Southern Africa (3 Units)

A survey of the contemporary significance of Southern Africa within the context of great powers relations; the emergence and development of the Southern Africa regional system under the impact of the colonial powers and later. The Great Powers; the importance of mineral resources and other economic interests in Southern Africa; the interplay of domestic factors; the issue of race, international conflicts, international rivalries in the external politics of Southern African countries; SAD C and sub-regional attempts at integration; Republic of South Africa in Africa; from confrontation to cooperation.  

 

INR 419: Europe in World Politics (3 Units)

The changing political strategic and economic role of post-war Western Europe, European integration, Atlantic relations; policies towards Eastern Europe and the Third World-present and prospective policy choices.

 

INR 421: Nigerian Foreign Policy (3 Units)

Basic principles underlying Nigeria’s foreign policy; Nigeria’s role in Africa, her relations with the Great Powers, and her role in the UN; and the Commonwealth, ECOWAS etc. Major factors, internal and external, shaping the foreign policy of Nigeria; the role of political parties, the press, parliament, public opinion in formulation of policy, the role of the foreign service, and Federal Executive Council in the foreign policy process; presidential system and Nigerian foreign policy under the Second Republic; the role of the Executive office of the President etc. Selected cases; decisions to abrogate the Anglo-Nigerian Defence Pact 1962; the decision to break diplomatic relations with Israel in October 1973; the decision to recognize the MPLA government in November 1975; policy towards Southern Africa

 

INR 422: Foreign Policies of the Powers (3 Units)

Basic principle underlying Nigerian Foreign Policy; Foreign Policy of the Eastern Europe and its objectives; foreign policy of United State of America; factors conditioning American Foreign Policy, the principle of American Foreign Policy; the national interest of US; the Foreign Policy of Great Britain, France, and other States, the objectives and factors conditioning their Foreign Policies          

INR 423: Research Project (6 Units)

This is designed to examine the overall idea of a prospecting graduate in order to test the ability of handling an academic research work, and the ability to develop such in accordance with the research procedures under the supervision of a Lecturer. Students are required to present two (2) topics of his or her choice in the area of his or her interest, on which one (1) will be approved through the Departmental Board. The Students will be tested and examine internally on his or her consistency in line with standardized format of project writing; Oral questions to examine his or her understanding of the related concepts and literatures on the topic so chosen. The University shall arrange for External Examiner from other Institutions of her choice whom may range from the rank of Professor, or Associate Professor, or a Senior Lecturer. Students are graded by the External Examiner depending on their performances in response to questions during the defence panel.

INR 424: International Relations in North Africa and the Maghreb (3 Units)

International Relations between North Africa, the Maghreb and the external world; regional cooperation and its impacts on external relations; impact of religious fundamentalism on regional politics and external relations.

 

INR 425: Technology, Ecology and Environmental Issues in International Relations (3 Units)

 

INR 426: The International Politics and Mass Communication (3 Units)

The politics and manipulative nature of international communication focusing on the role of technology, ideology, culture, economy and international market on the international flow of news among nations; examination of the role of communication in development

 

INR 427: The Middle East in World Politics (3 Units)

The growth of the international economy of the Middle East and its political implications; Arab economic nationalism and regionalism in the international economy; problem of political control of the contemporary international economy; economic factors i.e. formulation of foreign policy

 

INR 428: The Politics of Economic Relations (3 Units)

As described in the course content.

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