Department of History and International studies

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

FIRST YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 101Introduction to History2
2HIS 102Introduction to International Studies2
3HIS 111Nigeria from 1000 – 1800 AD3
General Studies (Take All )
4GS 101Use of English 11
5GS 103Introduction to Logic and Philosophy2
6GS 107Nigerian Peoples and Culture2
7GS 108Basic Igbo Studies1
Inter–Faculty Courses (Choose One of the Following)
8ECO 101Introduction to Economics I2
9SOC 101Introduction to Sociology2
10PHY 101Introduction to Psychology I2
Total 15

 

FIRST YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 101Introduction to Economic History2
2HIS 131Europe to the Age of the Revolutions3
3HIS 161Fundamentals of International Studies2
General Studies
4GS 102Use of English II1
5GS 104History and Philosophy of Science2
6GS 109Basic Igbo Studies II1
Inter–Faculty Courses (Choose One)
8ECO 105Introduction to Economics II2
9SOC 102Introduction to Sociology II2
10PHY 102Introduction to Psychology II2
Total 13

 

SECOND YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS121Africa; 1500 to 18003
2HIS162Evolution of Diplomacy2
3HIS 201Introduction to Archaeology2
4HIS 211Nigeria, 1800 to 1900 AD2
5HIS 241History of America since 18652
Electives (Choose One)
6HIS 103Major World Civilizations3
7HIS 104Blacks in the Diaspora3
Inter Departmental Course
8FRE 101Elementary French I2
Total 14

 

 

 

 

SECOND YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 123North Africa from the First Conquest of Egypt to 1800 AD3
2HIS 213Archaeology of Nigeria2
3HIS 214Economic History of Nigeria since the 19th Century2
4HIS 232Europe from the French Rev. to World War II2
5HIS 262Int’l Law and Diplomacy in the 19th Century2
6HIS 122West Africa from 1500 to Present3
Inter Departmental Course
7FRE 102Elementary French II2
Total 13

 

 

THIRD YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 212Constitutional Development of Nigeria2
2HIS 221East and Central Africa since 1800 AD2
3HIS 231History of Russia, 1800-19172
4HIS 261International Institutions and Organization2
5HIS 301Philosophy of History2
6HIS 311Nigeria 1900 – 19702
Inter Faculty Course
7CSC 101Introduction to Computer I2
Total 14

 

 

THIRD YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 215Igboland from the earliest times to 1900AD2
2HIS 222Southern Africa since 1800AD2
3HIS 242Themes in Latin America and the Caribbean History2
4HIS 223Africa and European Imperialism2
5HIS 263Introduction to Strategic Studies2
Inter Faculty Course
6CSC 102Computer Application to History2
Total 12

 

 

FOURTH YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 303Comparative Industrial Growth and Development of USA, Britain and Japan2
2HIS 331USSR Politics and Diplomacy in the 20th century2
3HIS 341American Diplomacy in the 20th Century2
4HIS 351Contemporary History of the Middle East2
5HIS 312Nigeria’s Foreign Policy2
Total 10

 

 

 

FOURTH YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 321Problems & Prospects of Reg. Econ. Dev. in W/Africa2
2HIS 322Islam in West Africa2
3HIS 342Economic History of USA since the 19th Century2
4HIS 323Africa and the Outside World2
5HIS 361East/West Relations since 19452
Total 10

 

 

FIFTH YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 362Strategic Issues in the 20th Century2
2HIS 401Evolution of Modern Forms of Government3
3HIS 421Christianity in West Africa3
Electives (Choose One)
4HIS 324Problems and Issues in African Historiography2
5HIS 304Capitalism, Communism and Mixed Economy2
6HIS 352Japan from the Tokugawa to the Meiji Restoration2
Total 10

 

 

FIFTH YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  Departmental Courses 
1HIS 371Research Techniques and Methodology3
2HIS 402War and Peace since the 20th Century3
3HIS 461Foreign Policies of Major World Powers2
Electives (Choose One)
4HIS 424Modern African Political Thought2
5HIS 425Land and Labour in Africa, 1850 – 19502
Total 10

 

 

SIXTH YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
1HIS 302History of the Commonwealth2
2HIS 411Nigeria since 19703
3HIS 422The Military in African Politics3
4HIS 423AU: A study in African International Relations3
Total 10

 

 

SIXTH YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
1HIS 412Igboland in the 20th Century3
2HIS 426Nationalism and Nation-Building in Africa3
3HIS 481Project Report6
Total 12

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

HIS 101: INTRODUCION TO HISTORY

An exposition of History as the basis of all disciplines. The relationship of History with other disciplines in humanities and social sciences. The subject matter (what History is), nature and principles of History, the uses of History.

 

HIS 102:  INTRO. TO INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 

This course seeks to introduce students to the issues in International Studies. It covers the following: the meaning of international relations; meaning and determinants of foreign policy, features that distinguish foreign policies from domestic or government policies, and the history of, and approaches to, the study of the international relations.

 

HIS 111: NIGERIA, 1000 TO 1800 AD

This course evaluates the various Nigerian peoples and their cultures up to 1800. It will highlight historical developments in the Nigerian regions within the period of study, including state formation and inter-group relations in the areas of political, economics and socio- cultural activities.

 

HIS 121: AFRICA FROM 1500 – 1200

An examination of the cultural achievements and problems of the various peoples of northern, eastern, central, southern regions of Africa within the period of study, the internal and external dynamics and factors of change and reactions to such change in these regions of Africa.

 

HIS103:  MAJOR WORLD CIVILIZATION

A general survey of some of the major world civilizations and their major contributions to mankind and historical developments; for example, the Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Indian, Chinese, African, and European civilizations.

 

HIS 104: BLACKS IN THE DIASPORA

A historical study of the black communities found in areas outside Africa, especially in the New World ( the Americas), the origin of the Diaspora, the nature of the black people’s interactions and experiences in the Diaspora, with particular reference to race relations, the social, economic cultural and intellectual contributions of the Blacks to world civilization and developments, the underlying cultural unity or similarity among the black peoples, the role of the Blacks in contemporary world affairs.

 

HIS 105: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC HISTORY

The relevance of economic motivation or interest and economic explanation in general, political and socio-cultural activities and developments.

 

HIS 122: WEST AFRICA FROM 1800 – PRESENT

A survey of the historical developments and experiences of the various West African kingdoms and empires, the internal factors of change in these kingdoms and empires, particularly in the areas of politics, agriculture, industry, trade and inter-group relations, external influences and factors of change, including trade, particularly the slave trade, the imposition of colonial rule, the struggle for independence and current efforts for survival.

 

HIS 123: N/AFRICA FROM THE FIRST CONQUEST OF EGYPT TO 1800 AD

A general survey of North Africa with focus on its relations with the Levant, the occupations of Egypt by foreign powers including, Nubia, Greeks, Romans and Arabs, the spread of Islam in the region of North Africa, the states of North Africa and their relations with West Africa, as well European nations’ activities in the region will be examined.

 

HIS 131: EUROPE TO THE AGE REVOLUTIONS

A survey of European history with emphasis on such fundamental developments as economic and social intuitions, Feudalism, the Renaissance, the Reformation in the Christian Church, the rise of the Age of Discoveries, Mercantilism, the New Scientific Discoveries and views of the world, Enlightenment as well as the French and American Revolutions.

 

HIS 161: FUNDAMENTALS OF INT’L STUDIES

This course seeks to expose the students to the origins and basic principles underlying international relations. It studies the following theories – systems theory, functional theory, and decision- making theory, simulation and game theories – as tools for analyzing international relations. These theories should be related to past developments and current events in the international system.

 

HIS 162: EVOLUTION OF DIPLOMACY

This course traces the evolution of contemporary world system from the Treaty of Westphalia through the Congress of Vienna to the formation of the UN. Principles and issues like of balance of power, sovereignty, major powers, and non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states, national interest as a tool for foreign policy formulation, international moral obligation to fight crimes against humanity or oppose illegitimate rulers vis-à-vis the principles of non-interference, should be examined.

 

HIS 201: INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

A general study of the meaning and development of archaeology, the methods of archaeology with special focus on the general principles and techniques of archaeology, artifacts and their classification, museum studies, etc.

 

HIS 211: NIGERIA FROM 1800 – 1900

A survey of the main trends in the political economic and social developments in Nigerian communities and the major stimuli responsible for such developments from 1800  to 1900 AD, the internal and external factors which brought the Nigerian communities into a nation state and the beginning of European presence in Nigeria.

 

HIS 212: CONSTITUTIONAL DEVTS.   OF NIGERIA

This course examines the various constitutional arrangements through which Nigeria emerged as an independent nation. It further analysis the various changes modification and amendments in the constitutions since independence and finally makes a critique of the decrees enacted by military as instruments of governance.

 

HIS 221: HIS. OF EAST/ CENTRAL AFRICA SINCE 1800 AD

The course analyses the internal and external factors of welfare, conquests and trade in the region, the Arabs, Europeans and colonialism/imperialism in the area, independence movement, regional organizations and the struggle for survival.

 

HIS 231: HISTORY OF RUSSIA: 1800 to 1917

The course studies the reforms embarked upon by the 19th century leaders of Russia, Russia’s relationship with other European nations, the Russo-Japanese War, the 1905 revolution and finally the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.

 

HIS 241: HISTORY OF AMERICA SINCE 1865

General examination of the history of America with civil war as the background, post-civil war reconstruction, industrial growth, political and economic developments within America, the march from isolationism to participation in global affairs, America and the World Wars, internal reforms – the New Deal;America and the Cold War, the collapse of the Cold War and American hegemony, America’s war against terrorism.

 

HIS 261: INT’L INSTITUTIONS/ORGANIZATIONS

The genesis and antecedents of international organizations, the Vienna Congress, the League of Nations; the UNO, OAS, EEC/EU, the OAU, ECOWAS, EAC, Arab League, etc.

 

HIS 262: INT’L LAW AND DIPLOMACY IN THE 19TH CENTURY

An examination of the emergence of nation-states in Europe and the growth of diplomatic inter course. The course will also consider diplomacy and the emergence of international law. Issues to be considered include, inter alia, the Holy Alliance, the Vienna Congress of  1815, the Aix-la- Chapelle Congress 1818, and the Hague System, the Concert of Europe, the Congress of Berlin, colonialism, trade and diplomatic theories.

 

HIS 213: ARCHAEOLOGY OF NIGERIA

The study will focus on major archaeology excavations in Nigeria; e.g. NOK, Benin, Ife, Igbo-Ukwu ,etc.

 

 

HIS 214: ECONOMIC HISTORY OF NIGERIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY

The general survey of the main economic activities and developments in Nigeria in the period under study with emphasis on the internal and external factors of demand and supply and the influences deriving from the Industrial Revolution and the activities of Europeans, the nature and pattern of  trade and link between economic and political activities and development, post-independence economic issues in Nigeria, the indigenization policy, the oil boom, Nigeria and OPEC, the austerity measures, the introduction of SAP, an assessment of various economic programmes, NDE, DFFRI, Better Life, poverty alleviation/eradication programme,  graft and corruption in Nigeria.

 

HIS 215: IGBOLAND FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO 1900

This course examines the origins of the Igbo and their socio-economic and political organization up to 1900; the early European presence as traders, missionaries, etc.

 

HIS 222: SOUTHERN AFRICA SINCE 1800 AD

A survey of the internal developments in the region of southern Africa during the period under survey, the initial relations between the white settlers and Africa in the area,the Anglo-Boer War, the Great Trek and mineral revolution in the region, racial discrimination and apartheid, relations between South Africa and other countries in the region, the struggles for black majority rule and the current struggle for survival.

 

HIS 232: EUROPE FROM THE FRENCH REV. TO WORLD WAR II (1789-1945)

A general survey of European history from the French Revolution to the Second World War. Important topics include: the French Revolution; the Napoleonic Wars, the Congress of Vienna, revolutions and counter revolutions in Europe, the unification of Italy, the unification of Germany, World War I and World War II.

 

HIS 242: THEMES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN HISTORY

This course centres on aspects of the political, social and economic history of the Latin American and Caribbean regions from 15th century to the present, but with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. In examining the inter-relationship between the various peoples who came to inhabit the countries of the region, the course will cover such topics as: society and culture in the pre-colonial era, Spanish conquest and colonization, inter-European rivalry; the ecomienda system, plantation society and slavery, the Haitian revolution, independence movement, the decline of Europe,the rise of the USA in the Americas, nation- building processes, regional integration, and modern political parties and military regimes.

 

HIS 223: AFRICA AND EUROPEAN IMPERIALISM

A general survey of internal and external developments and dynamics that prepared the setting in both Europe and Africa for European imperialism in Africa, the impact of imperialism on Africa.

 

HIS 263: ISSUES IN STRATEGIC STUDIES

This course introduces students to some of the arguments over the historical origins of strategy, analysis of the economic, psychological and military dimensions of strategy. Students will also be exposed to some of the major economic, political, environmental and military theories of strategy as propounded by such early thinkers in the field as Cannibal, Carl von Clausewitz, Otto Von Bismarck, Von Moke, etc.

 

HIS 301: PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY

The course examines the nature of history, its development as a discipline and relevance to the society.

 

HIS 302: HISTORY OF THE COMMONWEALTH

The origins and evolutions of the Commonwealth, the Statute of Westminster, the emergency of a multi-racial Commonwealth and post-1954 development, the nature of relations amongst the member countries of the Commonwealth, problems and prospects of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth today.

 

HIS 311: HISTORY OF NIGERIA FROM 1900 TO 1970

A survey of the main trends in the political, economic and social developments in Nigeria during the period of British colonial rule, both as a unifying and divisive force in Nigerian history, the collapse of the indigenous state system, administrative and constitutional developments in Nigeria, efforts at the de-colonization of Nigeria, the problems of nation- building that led to the Nigerian crisis and civil war, and the course of the war.

 

HIS 303: COMP. IND. GROWTH AND THE DEVT. OF USA; BRITAIN AND JAPAN

This course examines the different approaches adopted by various industrial powers of the world against their different backgrounds and settings to achieve industrial development. The third world countries can see these approaches as examples for their own industrial developments.

 

HIS 331: USSR POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY SINCE 1917               

A survey of the political, economic social-cultural history of the Soviet Union since 1917. The following issues will be highlighted: Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution, the civil war (1912-20), the NEP and Stalin’s five year collectivization, Soviet Union in the W.W.II, the emergence of the Soviet Union as a major world power, the Cold War and its challenges, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the effort of the federating states of the Union to attain independence, reaction to diplomatic  incursion of the USA Republic.

 

HIS 341: AMERICAN DIPLOMACY IN THE 20TH CENTURY           

This course seeks to expose students to the hegemonic exploits of America in the 20th century. It examines the various roles of the US in international stability and disorder. Such roles include her contributions to the establishment of modern international organizations like the League of Nations, the UN, the IMF, IBRD, IFC, and her adventures in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Other areas considered in the course are the US role in the Cold War diplomacy and post- Cold War era.

 

HIS 351: CONTEMPORARY HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST   

The major crisis in the Middle East since European nations’ colonization of the area, the Arab-Israeli wars, the relations between the Arab nations, the politics of oil, Palestinian question and the Gulf crises, the Iraqi war and the UN weapon inspection team.

 

HIS 312: NIGERIAN   FOREIGN POLICY               

The course seeks to expose students to the underlying principles of Nigerians foreign policy. It will also address the major issues on the manner Nigeria relates with other nations and the way it prosecutes its interest in the international system. Finally, it takes a historical over view of the strides and strands in Nigeria foreign policy.

 

HIS 321: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF REG. ECON. DEV. IN W/AFRICA                        

This course examines the feature of the economy of the West African sub region, and issues in its underdevelopment. It further examines the various organizations in West Africa, which have been set up by joint efforts of the states in the sub-region to facilitate economic development. The problems and prospects of such efforts are also highlighted.

 

HIS 322: ISLAM IN WEST AFRICA           

A study of the state and stages of development of Islam in West Africa with particular reference to the role of alien traders, the rulers and militant scholars and the masses in the propagation of the religion Islamic revolutions in West Africa, Islam during colonial rule and post independent periods, the present challenges of the religion.

 

HIS 342: ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE USA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY

A survey of economic development in the USA with focus on issues as civil war and post -war reconstruction programme, the railroad system and the process of industrialization in the later 19th century, graft and corruption in American society, America’s economic imperialism, the problem of labour, post- World War I and II economic problems, etc.

 

HIS 323: AFRICA AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD

A discussion on the partition and colonization of Africa, independence movements in  Africa, Africa in the 1st and 2nd World Wars, post-1945 international structures and ideologies, Africa and Blacks in the Diaspora; Africa and Western Europe, the Soviet Union, Asia, the Middle East and the UNO. Finally, globalization and Africa.

 

HIS 361: EAST/WEST RELATIONS SINCE 1945

This is essentially a history of the Cold War. The emphasis should not be on the relations between the two powers, but between the entire Western alliance and Eastern alliance. The role of China, Cuba and Third World in the relationship between the blocs should be treated.

 

HIS 362: STRATEGIC ISSUES SINCE THE 20TH CENTURY

This course is designed to expose students to events and issues since the 20th century that are of strategic relevance.  Emphasis will be placed on the contributions of modern thinkers in the field to the growth of the subject matter. Such thinkers include Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Alfred Mahan, Thomas Shelling, Robert Mc Namara, etc. Students will also be exposed to such modern concepts and theories like games theory, theory of conflict and conflict resolution, theories of war and peace, concept and value of deterrence, strategic planning, defense policies, foreign policy analysis and the role of science and technology in strategic thinking and planning. In addition, some attempts will be made to apply the various theories to selected case studies on a worldwide basis.

 

HIS 371: RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND METHODS

A critical analysis of source materials for writing and studying of history. Source materials, methods and approaches of historical exposition with particular attention to practical exposure to research in history, the archives and fieldwork for collecting, analyzing, evaluating and documenting historical data.

 

HIS 304: CAPITALISM, COMMUNISM AND MIXED ECONOMY

An analysis of the three types of economic system, viz: capitalism, communism and mixed economy; explanation of the modes of production and distribution as well as the problems associated with each type.

 

HIS 325: PROBLEM AND ISSUES IN AFRICAN HISTORIOGRAPHY

This course examines the various ramifications of historiography—the meaning of history to the African, written and non written sources of African  history such as early writings on African by Arabic and European sources, Archaeology, Anthropology, Ethnography and Linguistics, inter-disciplinary approach to the study of African history and politics.

 

HIS 352: JAPAN FROM THE TOKUGAWA TO THE MEJI RESTORATION

An examination of the early history of Japan up to the era of Emperor Meiji, 1868-1912.

 

HIS 411: NIGERIA SINCE 1970

A study of contemporary political and socio-cultural developments in Nigeria since the end of the Civil War, post-civil war reconstruction and administration, the oil boom, military intervention and the collapse of the Second Republic, economic depression and the introduction of SAP, the transition programme and the annulled election of June 12, 1993, the Abacha regime, the return to civil rule.

 

HIS 421: CHRISTIANITY IN WEST AFRICA

An examination of the history of Christianity in West Africa. To be highlighted include the origins of Christianity and its earliest introduction to Africa from Europe, the advent of Christianity in West Africa, the rise of indigenous churches in West African, the role of the Christian missions in bringing about political, economic and social changes, the problems and consequences of the interaction between Christianity and African values, the rise of Pentecostal movement in contemporary West Africa.

 

HIS 422: THE MILITARY IN AFRICAN POLITICS

An analysis of the incursion of the military into the politics of African states, its socio-economic and political consequences, ways of forestalling such incursion, an analysis of the classical views of military rule as an aberration; the military and nation building in Africa.

 

HIS 423: A.U: A STUDY OF AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The course deals with the origins of OAU, emergence, organization and the roles of OAU at various levels, the problems of the organization since inception, its transformation into A.U, the present and future challenges.

 

HIS 401: EVOLUTIONS OF MODERN FORMS OF GOVERNMENT

An examination of the origins of modern forms of government e.g. parliamentary, as it is practised in Britain and France, and presidential system as it is practised in USA and some African countries.

 

HIS 424: MODERN AFRICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

An examination of the origins, influences of, and the contents of, modern African political thoughts though their selected exponents.

HIS 425: LAND AND LABOUR IN AFRICA (1850-1950)

An analysis of land, labour as factors of production in the economics of African societies since the European commercial and imperial interests in Africa, the settler and non-settler colonies, the plantation economy, colonial policies on land and labour and Africans’ reactions to them.

 

HIS 412: THE IGBO SINCE THE 20TH CENTURY

The political, economic and social conditions in Igbo society in the 20th century; Igbo and colonial rule; conquests, reactions and changes; Igbo and the advent of Christianity; Western economic presence, problems of adjustment to these influences; continuity and change in Igbo culture; the Igbo in Nigerian politics and economy.

 

HIS 426: NATIONALISM AND NATION-BUILDING IN AFRICA

An examination of the origin and manifestation of modern nationalism in Africa before 1914; general features and peculiarities of selected areas; post-1914 African nationalism: its objectives, methods, manifestations, achievements and failure; the attainment of independence, the nature of post-independent nationalism; nation-building: problems, prospects and challenges.

 

HIS 402: WAR AND PEACE IN THE 20TH CENTURY

General perspective on the causes of war and need for peace; war in modern society–1st and 2nd World Wars, the Cold War and Arms Race; major world crises, including those of Southern Africa, Vietnam and Middle East; the role of international organizations like the League of Nations and United Nations in the resolution of such issues.

 

HIS 461: FOREIGN POLICIES OF THE MAJOR WORLD POWERS

An examination of the foreign policies of the major powers, viz, US, USSR, Britain, France and China within the context   of world politics since W.W. II.