Department of History and International Studies

PROGRAMME:  INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND DIPLOMACY

PROGRAMME TITLE: BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B. Sc. HONS) INTERNATIONAL

STUDIES AND DIPLOMACY

 

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

 

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy underlying the B.Sc. International Studies and Diplomacy Degree programme is to produce a flow of competent and confident graduate students whose minds are well developed and who are intellectually sound in the field of International Relations, and who can make meaningful contributions to the political and socio-economic development of Nigeria, Africa and indeed the entire world.

 

OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the Degree Programme are to:

  1. Stimulate in students an appreciation of International Relations theories and other tools of analysis, and application in different contexts at the national and international levels.
  2. Provide students with a broad and balanced knowledge and practical skills in International Relations;
  • Develop in students the ability to apply their International Relations theories, analytical tools, knowledge and skills to the solution of international problems;
  1. Develop in students a range of skills that are relevant to both governmental and non-governmental agencies at home and abroad;
  2. Provide students with relevant knowledge and skills for further studies in International Relations as a multi-disciplinary field of study,
  3. Create in students an appreciation of the importance of international relations in a national- political, economic, and social development on the one hand and in the maintenance of global peace and security on the other.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

ISD 111: INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

This course introduces students to the basic concept in international relations such as national interests, sovereignty, power, balance of power, foreign policy etc. It also exposes students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.

 

ISD 112: INTRODUCTION TO DIPLOMACY

This course introduces students to the concept and field of diplomacy in the far-reaching field of international relations. It starts with classifying the theoretical aspects of diplomacy and the importance of negotiations. It also introduces students to the forms of diplomacy such as multilateral, summit, security/coercive, preventive, economic, and environmental diplomacy. The course will also classify and simplify the changing impact of individuals, crisis, public, culture, terrorism and globalization on diplomacy and most significantly, the various components of modern diplomacy.

 

ISD 113: HISTORY OF EUROPE 1300-1914

The course surveys the origins, development of Western civilization and the elements of inter-state relations. It emphasizes their historic cultures, the city system, the development of Greek democracy and influence, imperial Rome, the medieval period through the renaissance up to the 18th century.

 

ISD 121: EVOLUTION OF CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

This course examines the evolution of the contemporary international system by exploring how relationships of power have evolved and changed as the contemporary international system began from the structure of regional systems. It uses the notion of empire (the Roman Empire before 1648) to divulge the changing nature of order, power and of power relations in the system. This allows both the lecturer(s) and students to view international relations as a thick set of social, political, cultural and military relations, offering a variety of viewpoints that are habitually hidden/unnoticed by concentrating basically on the international system as one of sovereign states. The course uses the relationship between empire and the evolution of concepts such as region, sovereignty and hegemony. It further looks at the relationship between empire and conflict, pointing in particular at the twentieth century. The course also reflects the supposed departure and reappearance of empire in the contemporary period, giving us the clout to reflect in conclusion on the usefulness of the concept in the contemporary world politics.

 

ISD 122: DIPLOMACY IN PRE-COLONIAL AFRICA

The course enables students to have a full understanding of how Pre-colonial African State sustained diplomatic relations with themselves and with the outside world, the usefulness of this diplomacy and the sustenance of peace and peaceful co-existence through the diplomatic relations.

 

ISD 211: THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SYSTEM

This course reveals the crucial theoretical and practical tools needed to understand the contemporary international system. Precisely, the objective of the course is to acquaint students with the concepts of international system, international society, international community and power and the backgrounds and evolution of the contemporary international society. The course will answer some questions such as; what is the role of values and interests in the international system? How does the distribution of power among States affect the stability of a particular international system? When were established the foundations of the post-Cold war contemporary international society? What has been the impact of globalization on the evolution of the contemporary international society? What are the main challenges confronting this society? What are the global governance’ mechanisms in place to cope with them?

 

ISD 212: NEW STATES IN WORLD POLITICS

The course surveys the end of imperial and colonial rule in Asia and Africa, concentrating on their systems of government, their main pre-occupation; their role in the international economic system; their reaction to globalization; neutralism of the non-alignment policy; imperialism and neocolonialism, the contemporary new states in global political system since 1900s.

 

ISD 213: INTRODUCTION TO THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

This course presents the importance of theoretical perspectives and debates in the study of international relations. It covers studies that address different levels of analysis from the international system to domestic politics to individual leaders and that span major theoretical paradigm, including Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism. It also discusses intellectual history as well as cutting-edge contributions to the field.

 

ISD 214: INTRODUCTION TO BARGAINING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

The course introduces students to the fundamentals of bargaining and conflict resolution in the international system. It surveys the key issues of dependency and vulnerability; power; the concept of core and periphery states; their spin-off effects on the economy and politics, etc., as determinants of bargaining capacity in the international system. The course also explains the basic theories of conflict and the determinants of conflict.

 

ISD 221: DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR LAW

This course provides an overview of the rules and principles that comprise diplomatic and consular law.  The following topics will be covered:  the theoretical and historical basis for diplomatic law; diplomatic and consular immunity (including full and partial immunity); personal inviolability of diplomats (i.e., protection from arrest, imprisonment), inviolability of communications (the diplomatic bag), and diplomatic premises; and the taxation of diplomats.

 

 

ISD 222: PRINCIPLES AND POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

This course starts from the assumption that increasingly policymakers need to know more about international law in order to understand and act in world politics. International politics is now so interpenetrated with international law concepts and practices that one can no longer be an effective policy maker working on international topics without a basic familiarity with international law. The central goal of the course is to familiarize students with a broad range of analytical and policy tools to enable them to think and act critically when drafting and implementing policies related to international law. The course provides an introduction to some aspects of the method and substance of international law, including some key legal concepts like sovereign immunity, jus cogens, general principles of international law, principles of jurisdiction etc. But this is not a law course. We cover legal subjects to understand how politics and law interact in shaping international relations today. We will explore the following issues: How do we explain where particular laws and norms come from? Why do states commit to international treaties and to soft law? How do these affect the shape of global politics and the outcomes of particular events? How often do states obey or comply with international law, and why? We will also examine substantive areas of international law such as the use of force and the laws of war, human rights, environmental law, trade law, and international criminal law. The course uses cases, role-playing, and simulations to help students learn how to work with international law.

 

ISD 223: NIGERIAN FOREIGN SERVICE AND DIPLOMACY

The course examines the meaning, origin and development of Nigeria’s Foreign Service. It looks into its roles, problems and prospects in the changing Nigerian environment; the Nigerian ambassador and his tasks; and career Vs Non-Career Diplomats.

 

ISD 224: POLITICS OF FRANCOPHONE WEST AFRICA

This course is devoted to the study of government and politics of selected Franco phone African States especially those surrounding Nigeria.

 

ISD 225: TRANSNATIONAL DIPLOMACY AND GLOBAL SECURITY

The course explores emerging "diplomatic" relations between nation-states and transnational (non-state) entities, such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in the development of global peace and security policies. 

 

ISD 311: GENDER POLITICS IN WORLD AFFAIRS

The course explores gender construction and identity formation in international perspective. Case studies will be drawn from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Topics include theories and methodologies for examining gender relations in cross-cultural perspective, political and socio- economic status of women, gender ideologies and symbolic representations, women's activism.

 

ISD 312: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS

The focus is on international political economy and it includes comparative political economy. It exposes students to the international factors influencing domestic policy-making, while comparative political economy examines economic policy-making in a domestic context. The course deals with important contemporary topics such as foreign trade, capital flows, monetary policy and exchange rates, issues in globalization, and international organizations and institutions such as NAFTA, GATT, the Bretton Woods institutions (IMF and World Bank) and the EU.

 

ISD 313: CONTEMPORARY STRATEGIC STUDIES

This course covers strategic thinking from Carl Von Clausewitz to the 21st century. Importance will be given to the relationship between force and international politics including the role of strategy in limiting international competition and attempts to restrain the use of force. The course begins by introducing a number of key enduring themes, concepts and problems associated with strategic studies before it considers the relevance of these considerations to the contemporary international security environment.

 

 

ISD 314: HUMAN RIGHTS

The course touches critical exploration of the notion of human rights and in particular with the possibility that the international human rights movement, together with the law that underpins it, can provide the basis of a universal ethical and legal order. The course begins with an introductory description of the general idea of human rights and of the history of the idea from ancient Greek origins and the Enlightenment to contemporary understandings of human rights. It exposes several enduring human rights critiques and, and explores series of case-studies, examines tensions in the practice of human rights today and as such in the areas of freedom of speech, prohibiting torture, and countering terrorism. It assesses the structure and standards that govern international human rights law, beginning with an introduction as to the generations of human rights. It also considers the international and regional human rights systems and the range of legal instruments and standards that have been developed. Finally, issues on human rights such as the rights of indigenous peoples; the right of peoples to self-determination; human rights and the environment; the right to development; human rights and poverty; and, transnational corporations and human rights will be taught.

 

ISD 314: DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES IN THE THIRD WORLD STATES

The course focuses on the nature, characteristics, problemsand possible solutions associated with development in the Third World. Most importantly interest will be placed on the spatial aspects of the various development situations such as Environmental settings, historical circumstances, as well as, institutions and culture will be recognized as keys to understanding development conditions and progress. Major emphases coincide with themes of population, urbanization, resources, agrarian structure, industrialization in the global economy and rural development. Select concepts and illustrations will be used to highlight, identify, and explain development progress or the lack thereof. The study will focus on various development paradigms such as dependency, modernization, structuralism, sustainable development, human development, post-development and the likes.

 

ISD 315: ASIA IN WORLD POLITICS

This course gives a general review of the politics and other aspects of Asia, with importance on the contemporary Pacific Asia. Starting with the general environment of Asia, this course covers the history, politics, and international relations of major Asian powers and discusses the main economic and security issues that concern Asian countries today. By the end of the semester, students are expected to be familiar with the international and domestic politics of Pacific Asia; to gain a better understanding of the historical and current developments of Asian countries; and to apply appropriately the concepts and theories to the study of Asia.

 

ISD 321: FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS

This course covers the literature, research topics, and current issues in the area of foreign policy analysis -- an identifiable subfield within the study of international relations. The course is organized in a basic "levels of analysis" framework that roughly corresponds to the historical development of the study of foreign policy analysis. Particular attention will be given to current decision making approaches to foreign policy. The emphasis in the course is on theories of foreign policy, although students will also be exposed to the substance/content of the foreign policies of various countries.

 

ISD 322: DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS OF EUROPE IN WORLD POLITICS SINCE 1814

This course surveys the history of European diplomacy since 1814. It touches events like the Napoleonic war and the diplomatic events that played out in Vienna in 1814 to the contemporary realities of European diplomacy and diplomatic practices and how it has influence the world.

 

ISD 323: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND DIPLOMACY

The course helps student become prolific writers of international relations research. The field of international relations has a wide range of area of specializations, which need several research principles and methods. This course provides students with a comprehensive outline of and applied experience with the main methods to IR research, with the goal of improving their ability to make a logical argument based on solid evidence.

 

ISD 324: FOREIGN POLICIES OF THE GREAT POWERS

The course examines the foreign policy culture and policy choices and direction of the great powers (China, US, UK, Russia, France and Germany) of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

 

ISD 326: FIELD TRIP

Studying international studies and diplomacy involves not only classroom and desk-based teaching but field trip to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, foreign embassies, multinational corporations and other International Organizations based in Nigeria and foreign countries. This will affords the student to have practical experience of what they have been taught in class. The trip takes maximum of two weeks and at the end of the trip, students will write a report to be submitted on the examination day.

 

ISD 327: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN WEST AFRICA

This course begins with an explanation of the concepts of co-operation and integration. It discusses in historical perspective prospects of cooperation and integration in West Africa culminating in the formation of ECOWAS. The course further examines the prospects and problems of ECOWAS as an experiment in regional co-operation and integration.

 

ISD 412: NIGERIAN FOREIGN POLICY SINCE INDEPENDENCE

 

The course teaches the basic principles underlying Nigeria’s foreign policy; Nigeria’s role in Africa, her relations with the Great Powers, UN, 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.

 

ISD 413: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

This course introduces students to key concepts and theories of international institutions and their dynamics in international relations and world politics. International Institutions that encompass both international organizations and international rules play important roles in shaping dynamics of international relations and world politics. This course focuses on both international organizations (IOs) and international institutions that include formal treaties and informal rules, norms, and strategies of actors that shape world politics. We will study key theoretical concepts and analytical frameworks through case studies and the literature on international organizations and non-state organizations.

 

ISD 414: THEORIES OF WORLD POLITICS

An examination of the following basic concepts and theories: Power, Conflict and Cooperation Systems Theory; Linkage Politics; the Theory of Coalitions and alliances; Games and Simulation, Theory of Imperialism, Realist Theory, Behavioural Theory, Radical Theory, etc.

 

ISD 415: BARGAINING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN WORLD AFFAIRS

This course teaches the means and methods of conflict resolution using specific and notable conflicts across the globe.

ISD 422: ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY SECURITY IN WORLD AFFAIRS

This course surveys the multiple and overlapping aspects of energy security and environmental security. The main emphasis is on how increased competition for environmental and energy resources threaten international security and how these threats should be mitigated. Throughout the course neoliberal and geopolitical approaches to energy and environmental security are used to better understand the risks and opportunities involved in an era of increasing scarcity.

 

ISD 423: MIDDLE EAST IN WORLD POLITICS

This course covers the origins of Islam and its spread across the Middle East, Spain and Northern Africa. It focuses on the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates, the major political and sectarian schisms in the Islamic world, the conflicts between the Arabs and Israelis; and Islam and the West. It will also examine the impact of oil politics on the Middle East. The focus is on modern history of major oil producers in the Middle East from the Iranian revolution to recent conflict and the involvement of the Gulf States. The course finally analyzes the relationship between oil, foreign intervention, nationalism, democratization and religion.

 

ISD 424: THE OAU AND THE AU IN AFRICA INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

This is a study of the factors that led to the formation of the O.A.U, how it transited to become AU and the role which the organization has played in the promotion of African International Relations since 1963. The course examines the agencies of the AU and their roles in the promotion of the ideals for which the OAU/AU was founded. Attention is paid to the role of the AU in the management and resolution of conflicts in Africa and the promotion of good and peaceful neighborliness, among African States.

 

ISD 425: TERRORISM AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

This course is an exploratory study of the nature, character and manifestations of insurgencies in history and the methods that were adopted to counter them. The aim is to acquaint the student with the prevalence of rebellious uprisings in various ramifications, and the evolution of strategies to tackle them. Issues that would be discussed include: the British civil war, the Spanish Civil War, the American Civil War and the French Revolution, various rebellious uprisings in pre-colonial Africa and post-colonial Africa, etc.

 

ISD 430: RESEARCH PROJECT

This is an essay in partial fulfilment of the award of B.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy. The essay should be between 4,000 to 6,000 words written in English language on a subject related to any area of International Studies and Diplomacy.

 

SUMMARY OF COURSES

 

100 LEVELFIRST SEMESTER

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

ISD 111

Introduction to International Studies

3

ISD 112

Introduction to Diplomacy

3

ISD 113

History of Europe 1300-1914

2

GST 111

Communication in English I

2

GST 112

Logic, Philosophy and Human Existence

2

POL 111

Introduction to Political Science

3

GST 113

Nigerian Peoples and Culture

2

 Elective Courses (Students are to take two elective courses from the list below)

ECO 111

Principle of Economics I

2

SOC 111

Introduction to Sociology

2

POL 112

Nigerian Constitutional Development

2

 

Total

21

       

 

 

100 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

ISD 121

Evolution of the Contemporary International System

2

ISD 122

Diplomacy in Pre-colonial Africa

3

POL 121

Introduction to African Politics

3

POL 122

Organisation of Government, Citizenship and the State

3

GST 123

History and philosophy of science

2

GST 122

Communication in English II

2

GST 121

Use of library, studies skills and ICT

2

Elective Courses (Students are to take two elective courses from the list below)

POL 124

Element of Democracy

2

ECO 121

Introduction to principle of economics II

2

SOC 121

Introduction to sociology II

3

                                                                        Total

19/20

       

 

 

 

 

200 LEVEL FIRST SEMESTER

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

ENT 211

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Studies I

1

ISD 211

The International Political System

3

ISD 212

New States in World Politics

3

ISD 213

Introduction to Theories of International Politics

3

ISD 214

Introduction to Bargaining and Conflict Resolution

2

POL 215

Statistics for Social Sciences

2

Elective Courses (Students are to take one elective courses from the list below)

POL 213

Political Ideas

2

POL 214

Introduction to Political Analysis

2

                                                                                                            Total

16

       

 

200 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

GST 221

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

2

ENT 221

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Studies II

1

ISD 221

Diplomatic and Consular Law

3

ISD 222

Principles and Politics of International Law

3

ISD 223

Nigerian Foreign Service and Diplomacy

3

Elective Courses (Students are to take one elective course from the list below)

ISD 224

Politics of Francophone West Africa

                        3

ISD 225

Transnational Diplomacy and Global Security

                        3

POL 221

Foundations of Political Economy

                        3

                                                                                                Total

15

       

 

 

 

 

300 LEVEL FIRST SEMESTER

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

ENT 311

Entrepreneurial Skills I

2

ISD 311

Gender Politics in World Affairs

2

ISD 312

International Economic Relations

3

ISD 313

Contemporary Strategic Studies

3

ISD 314

Human Rights

3

Elective Courses (Students are to take one elective course from the list below)

ISD 315

Asia in world politics

2

POL 312

Public Policy Analysis

3

 

                                                                                   Total

16/17

       

 

 

 

300 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

ENT 321

Entrepreneurial Skills II

2

ISD 321

Foreign Policy Analysis

3

ISD 322

Diplomatic Relations of Europe in World Politics since 1648

2

ISD 323

Research Methodology in International Studies and Diplomacy

3

ISD 324

Foreign Policies of the Great Powers

3

ISD 325

Field Trip

3

Elective Courses (Students are to take one elective course from the list below)

ISD 327

International Relations in West Africa

2

POL 327

Public Administration in Nigeria

2

                                                                                                            Total

17

       

 

 

 

400 LEVEL FIRST SEMESTER

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

ENT 411

Entrepreneurship Development I

1

ISD 412

Nigerian Foreign Policy since Independence

3

ISD 413

International Institutions

3

ISD 414

Theories of World Politics

3

ISD 415

Bargaining and Conflict Resolution in World Affairs

3

                                                Total

13

 

400 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

ENT 421

Entrepreneurship Development

1

ISD 421

Project Work

6

ISD 422

Environment and Energy Security in World Affairs

3

ISD 423

Middle East in World Politics

3

ISD 424

The OAU and the AU in Africa International Politics

3

ISD 425

Terrorism and International Politics

2

                                                            Total

18

 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Candidates who wish to study International Relations must have obtained a credit in mathematics and English Language plus credit pass in either Government or History and other two subjects at the SSC, NECO, GCE or their equivalent not more than two sitting. Also required is an acceptable UME score.
  2. Direct Entry

Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall possess five credit passes in the SSCE, NECO, GCE or equivalents, of which at least two shall be at advanced level, or four credits passes, of which at least three shall be at advanced level, provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. For emphasis, credit passes in English Language, Mathematics and Government or History is compulsory.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To graduate, a student must have:

  1. Completed and passed the following number of units at each level

100 – 41

200 – 31

300 – 34

400 – 34

Total 146 including all compulsory courses specified by the University/Department

  1. Completed and met the standards for all required and optional Courses
  2. Obtain a minimum (GPA of 1.5) and
  3. Met other requirement that may be prescribed by the department, faculty and senate.
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