Political Science


To produce graduates of Political Sciences who will be able to develop both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and attitudes in students

 

MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT

The mission of the Department is to impact and cultivate discipline in individuals thereby preparing and equipping them for service of humanity i.e., develop both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and attitudes in students.

AIMS/OBJECTIVES

            The Programme is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To provide training in the principles of political science and their application to the type of degree programme concerned – political economy, public administration or international relations.
  • To stimulate the students intellectually through the programme, in such a way that they appreciate social problems.
  • To provide a solid foundation of knowledge about the workings of society and its institutions and develop skills for the constructive use of such knowledge.
  • To develop in students, the ability to apply the knowledge in the resolution of societal problems and conflicts.
  • To develop in students such skills and competency that would allow them to be self-reliant and entrepreneurial.
  • To provide students with necessary skills for studying and analysing society.
  • To provide students with skill-base from which they can proceed to higher studies in political science.
  • To imbue in the students a deep appreciation of the political dynamics of society and the impact of this on wider socio-economic development and societal wellbeing.

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 or History, Mathematics, Economics, Geography) 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

(iv)       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  

 

 

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 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 including Government or History, Mathematics, Economics, Geography
  • Diploma in Public Administration and Political Science, Administration Management, Public/ Local Government Administration, Social Work, Community Development, Industrial and Labour Relations.

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 POLITICAL SCIENCE

 

YEAR ONE: FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE

CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

General Courses

 

 

GST 111

Communication in English 1

2

GST 114

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

 

 

POL 111

Introduction to Political Science

2

POL 113

Nigerian Constitutional Development

2

Required Courses

 

 

POL 113

Nigerian Legal Systems I

2

SOC 111

Introduction to Sociology

2

Elective Courses (Choose Any One)

 

 

PHIL 111

Introduction to Political Philosophy

2

ECS 111

Principles of Economics (Micro)

2

INR 111

Introduction to International Relation

2

Total

 

18

 

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

 

 

POL 121

Introduction to African Politics

2

POL 122

Organization of Government: The Citizenship and the State

2

Required Course

 

 

PSY 121

Introduction to Psychology

2

POL 124

Nigerian Legal Systems II

2

Elective Course (Choose any One)

 

 

ACC 122

Nigerian Business Environment

2

ECS 121

Introduction to Economics

2

PCR 121

Peace and Conflict Resolution

2

INR 111

Introduction to International Relations

2

Total

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR TWO: 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

 

 

POL 216

Nigerian Government and Politics [I]

2

POL 212

Introduction to Political Analysis

2

PAD 211

Introduction to Public Administration

2

Required Courses

 

 

POL 215

Introduction to   Comparative Politics

2

Elective Courses

 

 

PSY 215

Industrial Psychology

2

ECS 211

Principles of Economics

2

Total

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR TWO: 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

 

 

POL 221

Nigerian Government and Politics [II]

2

POL 222

Foundations of Political Economy

2

POL 223

Political Ideas

2

Required Course

 

 

PAD 224

Introduction to Local Government Administration

2

Elective Courses (Choose any Two)

 

 

POL 224

 Theory and Practise of Marxism

2

PSY 225

Social  Psychology

2

PCR 222

International Organizations and Conflict Resolution

2

Total

 

17

 

YEAR THREE: 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

 

 

POL 311

History of Political Thought [1]

2

POL 312

Logic and Method of Political Enquiry

2

Required Course

 

 

POL 313

Politics of Development and Underdevelopment

2

POL 315

Method of Social Research and Statistics I

2

Elective Courses

 

 

POL 314

The Methodology of Comparative Politics

2

PAD 319

Theory and Practice of Administration

           2

INR 315

Theories of International Relations

2       

Total

                                                           

18

 

            

 

THREE: SECOND SEMESTER                                                                                                   

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

Compulsory Courses

 

 

POL 321

Contemporary Political Analysis

2

POL 322

Political Behaviour                                            

2

POL 323

Comparative Federalism

           2

POL 324

History of Political Thought [II]

2

POL 325

Methods of Social Research and Statistics [II]

2

Elective Courses (Any Three)

 

 

POL 326

Political Data Analysis

2

POL 327

Government and Administration of Urban Systems

2

POL 328

Politics of International Economics Relations

         2       6

PAD 221

Public Administration in Nigeria

         2       

Total

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR FOUR: FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

UNITS

Compulsory Courses

 

 

POL 411

Civil Military Relations

3

POL 412

Development Administration

3

POL 413

Third World Dependency

3

Elective Courses (Choose any Four)

 

 

POL 414

Political Sociology

2

POL 415

Nigerian Foreign Policy

        2

POL 416

International Law and Organization

        2               

PAD 411

Public Finance and Administration

        2

PAD 413

Public Policy Making and Analysis

        2

Total

 

17

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE                                         

CREDIT

UNITS

Compulsory Courses

 

 

POL 421

State and Economy

3

POL 422

Politics and Law in Africa

3

POL 425

Research Project

6

Elective Courses (Choose any Three)

 

 

POL 423

Political Parties and Pressure Groups

2

POL 424

Nigerian Local Government

2

POL 426

Comparative Public Administration

2

POL 427

Revolution and Society

2

POL 428

Democratic Studies

2

Total

 

18

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR B.Sc. POLITICAL SCIENCE

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 114: 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 (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 death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

              

POL 111:        INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCES (2 UNITS)

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the key concepts of politics, the basics language and vocabulary and different methods of studying Political Science. Nature, Scope, Concepts and methods of political Science; Conceptual Approaches to the study of politics; the Dynamics of Politics, Power Influence, Authority and Legitimacy; the State and nation; and types of Constitutions and Governments.

POL 112:        NIGERIAN CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (2 UNITS)

This course traces the history of constitutional development in Nigeria. It also highlights the various political issues that determined the course of constitutional development in Nigeria from the colonial period till the present day.

POL 111 / 124:           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.

SOC 111:        INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (2 UNITS)

Introductory analysis and description of social structure and dynamics of human society: Field of Sociology and other social sciences, methods and techniques of scientific inquiry. Basic concepts and principles of sociology; social structure and social institutions; founding fathers of sociology; problems of social organizations, population and society, collective behaviour; social movements and ideologies, uses and relevance of social structure.

PHIL 111:      INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (2 UNITS)

ECS 111:        PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I (MICRO) (2 UNITS)

This course is designed to expose to the students the background knowledge of Economics and its principles such as; what Economics is all about from various authors and scholars and their views. The scope and its basic concept. Tools for economic analysis, why Mathematics, Graphs and Charts are useful tools. Economic problems in the society and the economic systems. The price theory i.e. Demand and supply analysis, equilibrium condition. Elasticity of demand and supply and its applications to economics.  The Market structure, Elementary theory of production and production functions. Theory of cost and its concepts as well as the consumer theory. All these form the background understanding to students concerning Micro Economics Theory.

INR 111: INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2 UNITS)

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

POL 121:        INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN POLITICS (2 UNITS)

The Nature of African society before colonialism: establishment of colonial rule in Africa; different systems of colonial administration and economic policies. The problem of neo-colonialism and dependency: contemporary problems in Africa-political crises, famine, structural adjustment and debt crises in African.

POL 122: ORGANIZATION OF GOVERNMENT: The Citizenship and the State (2 UNITS)

The basic ideas of organizing government are the central focus of this course. The major issues covered are: the concept of separation of powers (into executive, legislative, judiciary and their respective types); the different constitutional/administrative systems like uniterialism, federalism, confederalism, parliamentarianism, presidentialism, etc. political organizations like the political parties and interest groups. Other important issues are the origin and concept of the State and Society; duties and obligations of citizens to the State; rights and obligations of non-citizens; patriotism and nationalism.

THE CITIZENSHIP AND THE STATE

The relationship of the citizen to the state in terms of the duties and obligations of the citizen to the state. The responsibility of the state to the citizen must also be investigated. The nature of strained relations and the processes of rectification. Political obligation, basis of freedom, loyalty and patriotism

PSY 121:        INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (2 UNITS)

Psycho-biological basis of behaviour; Survey of the major topics, theories, and research results of contemporary psychology.

 

GST 212: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (2 UNITS)

History of computers 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

PAD 211:        INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (2 UNITS)

Constitutional Background to Public Administration; Nature of Public Administration; Similarities and Differences between Public and Private Administration, Functions of Public Administration, Schools or Conceptual Approaches to the study of Public Administration; the Goal Model, System Model, Decision-Making Model, the Classical Model, Human Relations Model, Sociological Model, Classifications or Typologies of Organisations. Bureaucracy – Nature, Strengths and Weaknesses, Features of Ideal Type Bureaucracy, Functions, Public Administration in National Development – Growth and Development, Reforms of the Civil Service, Changing Role of Socio-Economic and Political Transformation. International Public Administration and its Relationship with Domestic Public Administration.

POL 211:        NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS [I] (2 UNITS)

The Federal arrangement and Division of powers, Critical Issues in Nigerian politics i.e. Census, Elections, Education, Representation and Representativeness, Ethnic Relations, etc

POL 212:        INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ANALYSIS (2 UNITS)

Politics and the Political System: The basic components and common factors of politics – power, influence, authority, legitimacy etc. Regime types and structures; representation and representational institutions, political participation and the political culture. 

POL 213:        INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (2 UNITS)

Logic of Comparative Social Inquiry, objectives of Comparative Inquiry. Approaches to the study of Comparative Politics, i.e. single country approach, multi-country approach, synchronic approach. Problems of Comparative Politics.

PAD 211:        INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (2 UNITS)

This course explores the meaning, scope and subject –matter of public administration. Basis concepts, techniques and an overview of theoretical approaches to the analysis of public organizational goals, bureaucratic decision –making, politics, structure and functions of governmental institutions are also examined. The rationale and ecology of public administration; distinction between private and public administration; politics administration dichotomy; delegation of authority; administrative and control elements of administrative law. Comparative public administration and development administration are also included in this course

 

STA 211: STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES (2 UNITS)

The nature of statistical methods, frequency distributions; measures of central tendencies, Mode, etc. Measures of Dispersion Range, Variance, Standard Deviation. Elementary Probability Theory, Binomials, Normal and Poisson Distributions.

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.

POL 221:        NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS II (2 UNITS)

This course focuses on issues relating to the emergence and development of federalism in Nigeria. It examines the factors which necessitated the adoption of federation, problems, and various efforts to maintain national unity in Nigeria. Other topics to be covered include a discourse on economic development, challenges to national unity and stability, problems of ethnicism, politics, return to democracy in Nigeria, establishment and roles of anti-corruption agencies, entrenchment of the principles of accountability and transparency in democratic governance in Nigeria.  

POL 222:        FOUNDATIONS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY (2 UNITS)

This course introduces the students to the basic concepts in political economy, the relationship between the economic system and politics in the society, class analysis of politics, the productive system and the relationship between the productive forces and power relationship in the society. The productive system and the state; the basic differences between the Marxist and the capitalist political economy theories; the concept and practice of globalization.

POL 223: POLITICAL IDEAS (2 UNITS)

Introduction to major political ideas in their historical context. Emphasis should be placed on concepts like Monarchism, Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism, Fascism, Anarchism, etc.

PAD 221: INTRODUCTION TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION (2 UNITS)

Theory, principles and forms of local government, decentralization, delegation, decentralization principles; Local government mechanisms for community mobilization and development at the grass roots.

STA 222:        STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES II (2 UNITS)

 

Test hypotheses, small sample Test; X2 test and F-test. Time Series Analysis. Regression Analysis; Index Numbers; Analysis of Variance, sources of Statistical Data in Nigeria.

 

 

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 ENTREPRENEURIAL 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

POL 311:        HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT [I] (2 UNITS)

Ancient – Renaissance; details discussion of classical political thinks; Ancient Thinkers; Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and Greco – Roman thinkers; Zeno, Epicurus and Cicero. Medieval Thinkers: Roman lawyers; Christian Fathers: St. Augustine and Thomas More.

POL 312:        LOGIC AND METHODS OF POLITICAL INQUIRY (2 UNITS)

Political Science and the Scientific Methods, Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science; the Logic of Political Inquiry and the Language of Variables; Introduction to Problem Formulation.

POL 313:        THE METHODOLOGY OF COMPARATIVE POLITICS (2 UNITS)

Approaches to the study of comparative politics, case study etc. classification of political system; structural/functional descriptions and analysis of variables. Comparison of system performance, strategies and problems of cross- cultural research.

POL 314:        POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT AND UNDERDEVELOPMENT (2 UNITS)

Examination of the various theories related to development, modernization and dependency theories. Underdevelopment; centre – periphery theory; unequal and uneven development. Theories of imperialism; colonialism; neo-colonialism and new dependency. World system theory and delinking; post –modern societies and politics; globalization and development. Emphasis should be placed on concepts like Monarchism, Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism, Fascism, Anarchism, etc.

INR 315:         THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2 UNITS)

Types of theories –Low level, Middle and Grand Theories Power theory, conflict and accommodation, communication, equilibrium alliances and coalitions, balance of power and collective security, games theory, imperialism and linkage politics.


PAD 319:        THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (2 UNITS)

Evolution of administrative organizational theory from the classical through neo-classical to modern; relation of administration to politics and political process; inter-play of political institutions and administrative patterns of behaviour; personnel administration; and decision making in bureaucratic organizations

POL 321:        COMTEMPORARY POLITICAL ANALYSIS (2 UNITS)

General systems and structural functional theories; elites, group, power, communications and games theories; political development theories, distributive analysis; etc. Theories of political economy; corporatism, clientelism and other states – society relations theories 

POL 322:        POLITICAL BEHAVIOR (2 UNITS)

Approaches to the study of political behaviour; determinants of political behaviour; political socialization in developed and underdeveloped societies, political culture, political participation and apathy, political communication in developed and undeveloped democratic and authoritarian societies; electoral/voting behaviour; personality and political behaviour; and political economy and political behaviour (rational/public choice theory and Marxist’s material materialistic determinism).

POL 323:        COMPARATIVE FEDERALISM (2 UNITS)

Origin of federalism, classification and models comparing structural patterns, organization of stabilizing and destabilizing factors, and evaluation of structural arrangements in federal systems such as Nigeria, Canada, U.S.A., Germany and India.

POL 324:        HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT (2 UNITS)

Detail discussion of modern political tinkers: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Baron de Monteque, Edmund Burke, David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, John Staurt Mill, G. W. F. Hegel, Karl Marx, Lenin, Nkrumah, Mao Tse Tung, Senghor, Awolowo, Azikiwe, Nyerere etc.

POL 325:        METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH AND STATISTICS (2 UNITS)

Research designs, questionnaire designs, reference styles, report writing and documentation.

PAD 324:        PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA (2 UNITS)

The ecology of Nigerian administration; Nigerian civil service; structure and organization, and the various reforms in the public service; public corporations; national, state and local government relations; and financial administration and revenue allocation.

POL 326:        GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF URBAN SYSTEMS (2 UNITS)

The problem of planning and execution of major services in the urban political systems, and an examination of the structures of political power operating in such systems.

POL 411:        CIVIL MILITARY RELATIONS (3 UNITS)

Interdependence of civil and military types; the military in the foundation of states; impact of social structures and ethnic or class conflicts upon military organizational procedures and behaviours; the problem of civilian control of the military; the role of armies in revolution; the phenomenon and definition of the “military-industrial-complex”, ubiquity of military extractive tendency; explaining the stability or instability of civil-military relations in a comparative setting.

POL 412:        DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (3 UNITS)

Concept of development administration; public corporations, as agents of development, public finance; Bureaucracy in Developing countries; agricultural development policy; industrial policy; social policy and public utilities; ideological factor in planning development; and general problems of planned development.

POL 413:        THIRD WORLD AND DEPENDENCY (3 UNITS)

The concept of dependency; colonialism and the integration of Africa and Third World into the mainstream of world capitalism; neo colonialism and dependency. The role of multi-national corporations. The pattern of world trade and the movement of capital technology development and transfer; IMF, World Bank and WTO and Third World dependency.

POL 414:        POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (2 UNITS)

Origin, concept and utility of Political sociology; an examination of social and cultural contexts of political activity and behaviour. Political organizations; trade unions power, elite and group theorists; the development of movements for political change.

POL 415:        NIGERIAN FOREIGN POLICY (2 UNITS)

The democratic setting of Nigeria’s foreign and wider African the national interest; Nigeria’s neighbours and wider African setting; international environmental policy; process and issues during civilian and military regimes; Nigeria and competing global ideologies – capitalism, socialism and non-alignment; Nigeria and World Powers; Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa.

POL 416:        INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATION (2 UNITS)

Origin and development of major global and regional international organizations, League of Nations, U.N.O. O.A.U (A.U.), Common Wealth, E.C.O.W.A.S. ETC. The character and functions of international law, limitations of international law; territorial jurisdiction; diplomacy; and treaties. 

PAD 411:        PUBLIC FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION (2 UNITS)

Theories of public financial administration, political and constitutional effects on public financial management in the public service, financial management agencies; principles of public finance, source of public revenue; control and accountability.

POL 413:        PUBLIC POLICY MAKING AND ANALYSIS (2 UNITS)       

The nature and meaning of public policy; Environmental determinants of public policy; structure of policy from formulation to evaluation; optimality and externalities; cost-benefit analysis; Effectiveness and efficiency; and Planning and Budgeting systems – PPBS, MBO, ZBB

POL 421:        STATE AND ECONOMY (3 UNITS)

The role of government in the management of modern economy; the relationship between government and private enterprise. The role of foreign capital in the domestic economy; foreign aid; technology development and transfer; politics of self-reliance and indigenization; liberalization and privatization; and influence of international financial institutions of on domestic economy and politics.

POL 422:        POLITICS AND LAW IN AFRICA (3 UNITS)

A comparative examination of the inter-relationship between law and politics in different African Countries by Studying the political significance of the judicial process during colonial and independence periods. The concept of law; the judicial process of African States. Human rights violations in Africa.

POL 423:        POLITICAL PARTIES AND PRESSURE GROUPS (2 UNITS)

Political parties and politics; types and characteristics; political parties in interest articulation and aggregation; pressure groups: types and characteristics; interest articulation and aggregation, political communication, political socialization etc. pressure groups and the pressure groups and the decision – making process; political parties and pressure groups in electoral and representative politics.

POL 424: NIGERIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT (2 UNITS)

POL 425:        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.

PAD 426:        COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (2 UNITS)

Comparative analysis of large scale organizations and public (State) administrative organizations; public administration in Federal and Unitary; the bureaucracies and State parastatals; public Administration in developed and developing countries. 

 POL 427:        REVOLUTION AND SOCIETY (2 UNITS)

POL 428:        DEMOCRATIC STUDIES (2 UNITS)

 

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