Department of Political Science and Public Administration

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

PROGRAMME TITLE: B.Sc (HONS) POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC        ADMINISTRATION

 

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of B.Sc Political Science and Public Administration programme is to develop and produce students who will be competent enough to man government and private organizations.  In this regard, we hope to produce competent manpower for the industries.  However, our emphasis is on broad based programme that equips students with the necessary knowledge and skill in the art and science of modern political analysis and administration.

 

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of B.Sc Political Science and Public Administration are to:

  • Produce high level manpower relevant to the needs of both the public and private sectors bureaucracies;
  • Acquaint the students with indepth understanding of the principles, theory and practice of politics and administration;
  • Foster the nurturing, imbibing and sustenance of acceptable democratic principles through the training of necessary manpower for both the private and public sectors of the economy;
  • Train students to be interested in the pursuit of knowledge and skills and so endeavour for higher degrees and knowledge. In this regard, we provide necessary basis for such pursuit;
  • Produce students who would contribute their quota towards the integral development of the country.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

POL 111: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE                        

This course introduces students to the nature of politics and how it is played. It emphasises the issues of political discourse and practice. It also introduces students to the language and basic concepts of Politics. The student is later introduced to the methods of Political Science.

 

POL 112: NIGERIAN CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT               

The course teaches the student the Nigerian Constitutional Development in a chronological and sequential order. In this course, the emphasis is on topics like colonisation, the Richards Constitution, the McPherson Constitution, the Littleton Constitution, the Independence Constitution, The Republican Constitution and the 1979 Constitution.

POS 113: NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM I                                                    

The course teaches judicial institutions in Nigeria: the role of the judiciary, the history and development of the courts, types of courts and their jurisdiction. Methods of seeking redress in courts, judiciary personnel, appointment and tenure, independence of the judiciary, Legal aid system, human Rights (contents and abuse).

 

POL 211: INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN POLITICS                            

The course provides 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 the debt crisis in African.

 

POL 212: ORGANISATION OF GOVERNMENTS, THE CITIZEN AND THE STATE

The course discusses the various ways of organising governments into Legislature, Executive and Judiciary, theory of the separation of powers, forms of political and administrative systems, i.e. Unitarism, Federalism, Confederalism, forms of government like Presidentialism, Parliamentarianism; instrumentalities of political interaction like political parties, pressure groups, interest groups, etc. 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.

POL 213: NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSYTEM II            

The course is devoted to analysis of judicial institutions in Nigeria: the role of the judiciary, the history and development of the courts, types of courts and their jurisdiction, methods of seeking redress in courts, judiciary personnel, appointment and tenure, independence of the judiciary, Legal aid system, human rights (contents and abuse).

 

POL 214: ELEMENTS OF DEMOCRACY                                                    

The course treats the organs and meaning of democracy. Its variations and practices across social settings, differences between it and other forms of governmental organization and its peculiar beauties/ attractions, electoral system, Party system, Public opinion and pressure groups.

 


 

PUB 211: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION             

The course treats the rationale of public administration, the ecology of public administration, politics of administration, administrative actor, delegation of power, administrative audit and control elements of administrative law.

 

 

PUB 212: NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS                          

The course treats the Federal arrangement and division of powers, critical issues in Nigerian politics i.e. census, elections, education, representation and representativeness, ethnic relations, etc.

PUB 213: POLITICAL IDEAS                                                                       

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

 

PUB 214: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ANALYSIS                       

The course is basically a study of the concept, assumptions, objectives and issues in political analysis; ways of acquiring knowledge; approaches and models of political analysis; theories of political analysis; the emergence of behaviouralism as an approach to the study of politics including its origin; the scientific method; the nature of politics; Political Systems and the structure of government; political representation e.g. direct democracy, theory of mandate, representative institutions of different regimes and regime types; Political communication; violence, political alienation; citizen participation and political culture, etc.

 

POL 221:FOUNDATIONS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY       

The course teaches the relationship between politics and economics, economics as determinant of politics, class analysis and political power relations, production and politics with an emphasis on the material basis of political action.

 

POL 222:INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS     

The course exposes the students to the organisation of the International Society, theories of International Relations; linkage politics, theories of Coalitions and Alliances, Balance of power Theory, the impact of the emergence of the Third World.

 

POL 223: INTRODUCTION TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT                       

The course teaches theory, principles and forms of local government, decentralisation, delegation, decentralization principles, local government mechanisms for community mobilisation and development at the grass roots.

 

POL 224: INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS               

The course teaches the 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.

 

POL 225: This course introduces the students to the basic statistics relevant to the systematic study of politics, and it covers mainly the application of statistical knowledge as it relates to the study of politics. Topics include the nature of Statistics- types of statistics, sources of statistical data and methods, frequency distributions, measures ofcentral tendencies, measures of dispersion,elementary probability theory and ANOVA of Variance.

 

POL 311:LOGIC AND METHODS OF POLITICAL INQUIRY        

The course focuses the attention of the students on political science and the scientific method, introduction to research methods in political inquiry, the nature of concepts, the place of theory, language of variables, hypotheses and generalizations in political science research, sources and methods of data collection and analysis in political inquiry.

 

POL 312: PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS            

The course defines policy and forms of policy, concepts and strategies of policy planning, programming and budgeting systems (PPBS), basic techniques of network construction and analysis examined descriptively and from the perspective of administrative systems, cost-effectiveness analysis and critique.

 

POL 313: HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT I The course examines selected medieval, classical and modern political thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, Marx, Fanon, Senghor, Nyerere, Nkruman, etc, with special emphasis on the germination and impacts of their ideas.

 

POL 314: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION   

The course provides the students the evolution of administrative organizational theory from the Classical through the Neo-classical to the Modern: Relations of administration to politics and the Political Process; administrative behaviour in various institutional settings, interplay of political institutions and administrative patterns of behaviour, study of personal administration decision making in bureaucratic organizations.

 

POL 315: THE METHODOLOGY OF COMPARATIVE POLITICS

The course provides comparative political analysis, history  of comparative politics, concepts, the scientific methods, and logic of comparative social inquiry, objectives of comparative inquiry, approaches to the study of comparative politics i.e. single country approach, multi-country approach, and synchronic approach;  problems of comparative politics.

 

POL 316: POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT AND UNDERDEVELOPMENT   

The course provides a systematic and theoretical study of the political and socio-economic context of the problems of development and under-development, dependency and international cum internal economic structures; analysis of profound change; agents of change and constraints and problems contingent on rapid socio-economic change, with specific reference to post-colonial African states but also in comparison with Latin American and Asian countries, among others.

 

POL 317: THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS             

The course provides an explicit examination of the basic concepts and theories that have been offered for the study of International Relations; issues like Power, Conflict and politics of accommodation; Systems Theories, Linkage Politics, the theories of Coalitions, and Alliances Models, Games and Simulation.

 

POL 318: FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS        

The course provides the various conceptions used in foreign policy analysis; transactional flows, the interplay of domestic and external factors, ideological and national interest considerations, and techniques of foreign policy, application of these concepts to the examination of foreign policies of major powers; United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, China and the emerging powers such as India, Japan, Pakistan, Iran and Israel; as well as African States. 

 

POL 321: RESEARCH METHODS                     

This course deals on all forms of research, research problem formulation, research procedure/research design, relevance of research and fundamental problems in Social Science research.

 

POL 322: POLITICAL BEHAVIOUR      The course is purely a study and measurements of various determinants of political behaviour, political socialization, political culture, political participation and apathy, electoral behaviour, public opinion, and political communication.

 

POL 323: COMPARATIVE FEDERALISM      

The course provides a conceptual analysis of federalism, federation and pluralism, forms of and reasons for federations, the genesis of the political dynamics of comparative federal system with particular reference to intercontinental case studies such as Americas- U.S.A and Canada; Europe- Russia and Germany; Asia- India and Pakistan; Africa- Nigeria and Rwanda

 

POL 325: CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL ANALYSIS                    

The course teaches the students contending paradigms in contemporary political analysis, their philosophical and ideological roots, as well as evaluation:  elite approach, group theory, functional systems and communications theory, basic concepts and elements of game theory and political gaming, structural analysis, theories of political development; the new political economy.

 

POL 326: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA            

The course teaches the students the ecology of Nigerian Public Administration, the Civil Service, field administration, Public Corporations, Politics of Financial Administration, reforms and challenges of administration in the 21st Century.

 

POL 327: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MARXISM            

The course provides the students with the study of Marxism, the examination of dialectical materialism, class analysis, means and sources of production in society;  an overview of revolutionary changes brought about by utilizing the Marxist- Leninist ideology, using the examples of USSR, China, Cuba, Vietnam etc.

 

POL 328: ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS                          

The course teaches the students the study of conflict and peace building in International politics; strategies of war and arms control; organizations, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, liberation struggles, resources and building of an international order.

 

POL 329: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS                  

The course underlines the economic bases of some of the actions and reactions in international politics, drawing materials from International Trade, Commercial Policy, Capital Movements, etc; Role of IMF, World Bank, and such other monetary agencies; Multinational Enterprises and National Power; Theory of Unequal Exchange and the North/South problem; the Economic Theory of National Boundaries, Customs Unions, and Currency Areas.

 

POL 411: CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS      

The course teaches the students 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: STATE AND THE ECONOMY          

The course attempts to examine the role of government in the management of the modern economy with special reference to Nigerian and other African countries: It deals with the relationships between government and private enterprise and examines some political issues such as the role of foreign capital in the domestic economy, the questions of foreign aid, technology and expertise. A major part of the course examines the problem of development planning and administration of planning as well as the issue of balanced regional planning. Finally, the questions of indigenisation of the economy and self-reliance are discussed in relation to the problem of dependency on the international economic system.

 

POL 413: ENIVROMENTAL POLITICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

 

The course is designed to expose students to the contemporary issues of environment and climate change. The international dimension of climate change will also be examined and the management of climate related conflicts. The course will also cover- the nature of the environment, theories of environmental politics, international organizations and climate change, environmental policies in Nigeria, climate change and early warning systems among others. Also to be covered are; poverty and climate change, modernization and climate change, conflict and climate change as well as the examination and comparative analysis of the various environmental policies in Nigeria with other African.

 

POL 414: NIGERIAN FOREIGN POLICY        

The course focuses on the study of dominant trends in Nigeria foreign policy since independence, showing both the domestic setting and the international environment; issues during civilian and military regimes; the effects of the civil war on Nigeria’s foreign policy; the changing pattern of Nigeria’s non-aligned policy; problems of foreign policy making since 1976 and Nigeria’s pan-African role; Nigeria’s relative economic status and commitments as a regional power in Africa, and problems of relating with immediate neighbors.

 


 

POL 415: DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION

The course treats on the theories of development, forms, procedure and techniques for development of urban centers, the problems involved in the planning and execution of major services in urban political systems, and an examination of the structure of political power operating in such systems.

 

POL 416: POLITICS OF GLOBALIZATION    

The course deals on the conceptual clarification; evolution and trends of globalization; new globalization and the World stability (conflict, war, economic cum technological disadvantages); globalization, the State and economy in Africa.

 

POL 417: INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

The course teaches the students the historical evolution of international institutions from the turn of 19th Century to the present, the notion of international organizations and their various classifications: International Organizations- League of Nations, United Nations Organization, The United Nations; Trans-national organizations (governmental and non-governmental); regional organizations (governmental and non-governmental); sub-regional groupings based on political, trade/economic, military, socio-cultural or ideological alliances. 

 

 

POL 418: ISSUES IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

The course teaches the students the nature of conceptual analysis in political philosophy; issues arising from the conceptions of political terms such as power, authority, rights, obligation, liberty, sovereignty, state etc; Philosophy and Theory; Philosophy and Science; Theory and Practice of Political Philosophy. 

 

 

POL 421: PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW                        

The course teaches the students the dynamics and sources of international law; sanctions, international personality, rights and duties of states and governments; territorial and criminal jurisdictions; state responsibility, treatment of aliens, diplomatic agents, privileges and immunities; extradition, Law of the Sea, the law of treaties and the impact of Afro-Asian states in contemporary international law.

 

POL 422: COMPARATIVE PUBLIC  ADMINISTRATION               

The course teaches the students comparative analysis of private large-scale organizations and public (state) administrative organizations; of public administration in federal and unitary states; of state bureaucracies and state parastatals, of public administration in selected countries among liberal democracies, communist systems and the Third World societies.

 

POL 423: AFRICAN POLITICAL THOUGHTS           

The course teaches the students traditional political ideas; concepts of authority, order and the polity; thoughts in Pan Africanism; Contemporary African Political thinkers like Nkrumah, Fanon, Nyerere, Senghor, Cabral, Ake, Rodney etc; Concepts like African Socialism, humanism and authenticity. 

 

POL 430: RESEARCH PROJECT                                   

An original essay to be written by a student under the supervision of a member of the College, across a maximum period of two semesters.

 

POL 425: NIGERIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM                

The course teaches the students the evolution of Nigerian local government- the pre-colonial and colonial administrative system, the post-independence development; the role of the Military and the historic reforms (1976, 1989 1995), contemporary local government administration in Nigeria- functions, funding and problems.

 

POL 426: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PRESSURE GROUPS          

The course teaches the students concepts of political parties, pressure groups; party systems, regime types and impact of political culture; theories, methods and forms of pressure groups; civil society and democracy.  

SUMMARY OF COURSES

100 LEVEL, FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT UNIT

GST 111

Communication in English 1

2

GST 112

Logic, Philosophy and Human Existence

2

GST 113

Nigerian Peoples and Culture

2

POL 111

Introduction to Political Science

3

POL 112

Nigerian Constitutional Development

2

POL 113

Nigerian Legal Systems I

2

SOC 111

Introduction to Sociology

2

 

Two Electives

 

BUS 111

Introduction to Business I

2

ACC 111

Introduction to Accounting I

2

ECO 111

Principle of Micro-Economics

3

MAC 111

Introduction to Mass Communication

2

 

SUB-TOTAL

20

 

100 LEVEL    SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT UNIT

GST 121

Use of Library, Study Skills and ICT

2

GST 122

Communication in English II

2

GST 123

History and Philosophy of Science

2

POL 121

Introduction to African Politics

3

POL 122

Organisation of government, The Citizen and the State

3

POL 123

Nigerian Legal Systems II

2

POL 124

Elements of Democracy

2

SOC 122

Introduction to Psychology

2

 

Two Electives

 

BUS 121

Introduction to Business II

2

ACC 121

Introduction to Accounting        II

2

ECO 121

Prinicples of Marcoeconomics

3

MAC 121

Introduction to Information and comm. Technologies

2

 

SUB-TOTAL

23

 

OVERALL TOTAL

42

 

 

200 LEVEL    FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT UNIT

ENT 211

Introduction to Entrepreneurial studies I

1

POL 211

Introduction to Public Administration

3

POL 212

Nigerian Government and Politics

3

POL 213

Political Ideas

2

POL 214

Introduction to Political Analysis

3

SOC 213

Social Change I

2

 

One Elective

 

SOC 214

Social Psychology I

2

ECO 211

Microeconomic Theory

3

ISD 210

The International Political System

3

 

FOR DIRECT ENTRY

 

GST 111

Communication in English I

2

GST 112

Logic, Philosophy, Human Existence

2

GST 113

Nigerian Peoples and Culture

2

 

SUB-TOTAL

18/24

 

200 LEVEL    SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT UNIT

ENT 211

Introduction to Entrepreneurial studies II

1

GST 221

Peace Studies and Conflict resolution

2

POL 221

Foundations of Political Economy

3

POL 222

Introduction to International Relations

3

POL 223

Introduction to Local Government

3

POL 224

Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

POL 225

Basic Statistics for Political Science

3

SOC 223

Social Change II

2

 

One Electives

 

ECO 222

Structure of Nigerian Economy

       3

SOC 224

Social Psychology II

2

ISD 222

Nigerian Foreign Service and Diplomacy

2

 

SUB-TOTAL

22/23

 

OVERALL TOTAL

39

 

FOR DIRECT ENTRY

 

GST 121

Use of Library, Study Skills and ICT

2

GST 122

Communication in English II

2

GST 123

History and Philosophy of Science

2

 

SUB-TOTAL

19/25

 

OVERALL TOTAL

38/50

300 LEVEL FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT UNIT

ENT 311

Entrepreneurship Studies I

2

POL 311

Logic and Methods of Political Inquiry

3

POL 312

Public Policy Analysis

3

POL 313

History of Political Thoughts I

3

POL 314

Theory and Practice of Public Administration

3

POL 315

Politics of Development & Underdevelopment

3

POL 316

Theories of International Relations

3

 

ONE ELECTIVE

 

POL 315

The Methodology of Comparative Politics

3

POL 318

Foreign Policy Analysis

2

POL 319

Election Management

2

POL 320

Gender Studies and Development

2

 

SUB-TOTAL

22/23

 

300 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT UNIT

ENT 221

 Entrepreneurial skills II

2

POL 321

Research Methods

3

POL 322

Political Behaviour

2

POL 323

Comparative Federalism

3

POL 324

History of Political Thoughts II

3

POL 325

Contemporary Political Analysis

3

POL 326

Public Administration in Nigeria

3

 

ONE ELECTIVE

 

POL 327

Theory and Practice of Marxism

3

POL 328

Issues in International Politics

3

POL 329

International Economic Relations

3

 

SUB-TOTAL

24

 

TOTAL

46

 

 

 

400 LEVEL FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT UNIT

ENT 411

 Entrepreneurship Development I

1

POL 411

Civil-Military Relations

3

POL 412

State and the Economy

3

POL 413

Environmental Politics and Climate Change

3

POL 414

Nigerian Foreign Policy

3

POL 415

Development Administration

3

 

ONE ELECTIVE

 

POL 416

Politics of Globalization

2

POL 417

International Organizations

2

POL 418

Issues in Political Philosophy

2

 

SUB-TOTAL

18

 

 

400 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

 

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT UNIT

ENT 421

 Entrepreneurship Development II

1

POL 421

Principles of International Law

3

POL 422

Comparative Public Administration

3

POL 423

African Political Thoughts

3

POL 424

Public Financial Management

3

POL 430

Research Project

6

 

ONE ELECTIVE

 

POL 425

Nigerian Local Government

2

POL 426

Political Parties and Pressure Groups

2

 

SUB-TOTAL

21

 

TOTAL

34

 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Candidates for admission into the four years programme should possess minimum of 5 credits at not more than two sittings which must include English Language, Government or History, and other Art or Social Science subjects with at least a pass in Mathematics. Results from WASC, GCE or NECO are acceptable or a combination of any two of them.

 

  1. Candidates for Direct Entry for the 3 year programme should have any of these qualifications;
    1. GCE A/L in any two of the following: Government, History, Geography or any other Arts or Social Science subjects;
    2. Diploma in Public Administration;
  • OND, NCE or HND in relevant areas to Government and Administration.

Prospective students in (a) above are expected to have sat for the Joint Matriculation Examinations (UTME) and obtained minimum qualifying score as may be specified by the University Admission Unit, in addition to sitting for and passing the University’s entrance examination and interview (for Direct Entry Students), which will determine their eligibility.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general University requirements for graduation in terms of minimum credit units to be passed, as earlier stated, final year students are expected to write a project which is in partial fulfilment for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Public Administration.  Outside of the formal classroom lectures, students of the Department are expected to undertake study tours to government offices, the State House of Assembly, media houses as well as private establishments to familiarize them with practical operation in those institutions.  These engagements are often graded on the basis of report submitted by individual graduating student.

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