Department of Political Science

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

 

YEAR ONE: FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 101Introduction to Political Science I3
PSC 223Nigeria Government and Politics3
GSS 101Use of English2
GSS 104History & Philosophy of Science2
GSS 107Nigeria Peoples and Culture2
ECO 101Principles of Economics I3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology I2
  Total17

 

 

YEAR ONE: SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 103Introduction to Political Science II3
PSC 181Politics and Government in Africa2
GSS 102Use of English II2
GSS 103Logic and Philosophy2
ECO 105Principles of Economics II3
SOC 102Introduction to Sociology II2
  Total14

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR TWO: FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 102Citizen and State2
PSC 251Introduction to Public Admin. I2
PSC 122Constitutional Development of Nig.2
MAC 101Introduction to Mass Com.2
BUS 101Introduction to Business I2
 Elective Courses (Choose One) 
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology I2
LAW 101Nigeria Legal System I2
 Total15

 

YEAR TWO: SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 121Nigeria Political Culture2
PSC 211AIntroduction to Political Theory2
PSC 252Introduction to Public Admin. II2
PSC 271Foundation of Political Economy2
BUS 102Introduction to business II2
ECO 263Economic Problems of Nigeria2
 Elective Courses (Choose One) 
PSY 102Introduction to Psychology II2
LAW 102Nigeria Legal System II2
 Total14

 

YEAR THREE: FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 204Social Statistics for Political Science I3
PSC 261Introduction to Local Govt. Studies2
PSC 211BIntroduction to Political Analysis2
CSC 101Computer Programming & Language2
MAT 100Mathematics for Social Science2
PSC 223Nigeria Political Government3
 Total14

 

YEAR THREE: SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 205Social Statistics for Political Science II3
PSC 231Introduction to International Rel.2
PSC 325Urban Govt. and Politics2
PSC 212Political Ideas2
CSC 102Computer Appreciation2
 Total11

 

YEAR FOUR: FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 313History of Political Thought3
PSC 315Political Behavior2
PSC 314Comparative Political Analysis2
PSC 324Nigeria Foreign Policy2
PSC 353Theories & Practice of Public Admin.3
PSC 306Logic & Method of Political Inquiry I2
 Total14

 

YEAR FOUR: SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 373Politics of Development & Underdevelopment2
PSC 354Public Policy Analysis2
PSC 316African Political Thought2
PSC 372Theories & Practice of Marxism2
PSC 307Logic and Method of Pol. Inquiry II3
PSC 343Comparative Politics & Govt.3
 Total14

 

YEAR FIVE: FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 332Theories of International Relations3
PSC 417Political Sociology2
PSC 341Methodology of Comp. Politics2
PSC 418Public Opinion & Pressure Group2
PSC 426The Military in Nigeria Politics3
 Total 14

 

YEAR FIVE: SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 333International Organizations2
PSC 434International Economic Relations3
PSC 342Comparative Federalism2
PSC 435Third World & Dependency3
 Total13

 

YEARS SIX: FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
PSC 455Development Administration2
PSC 474State and Economy2
PSC 482Politics and Law in Africa2
PSC 483Politics of Integration in Africa2
PSC 462Comparative Local Govt. System2
 Total10

 

YEAR SIX: SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
 Optional Courses: Government 
PSC 444Comparative Pol. System & Parties3
PSC 427Problems of Federalism3
 Optional Courses: Theory 
PSC 419ANormative Political Theory3
PSC 419BEmpirical Political Theory3
 Optional Courses: Public Administration 
PSC 456Comparative Public Administration 
PSC 457Public Personnel and Financial Management 
 Optional Courses: International Relation 
PSC 437Foreign Policy Analysis3
PSC 438Foreign Policy Analysis3
PSC 499Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Practice3
 Total12

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

PSC 101: Introduction to Political Science I 

Meaning of Politics and Political Science.  Political Science as a Science: The Relationship between Political Science and other disciplines in the Social Sciences.  Basic Concepts in Political Science.

 

PSC 102: Citizens 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 process of rectification.  Political Obligation, Basis of Freedom, Loyalty and Patriotism.

 

PSC 122: Nigerian Constitutional Development 

Nigerian Constitutional Development in a chronological and sequential order.  Colonisation, the Richards Constitution, the McPherson Constitution, the Lyttleton Constitution, the Independent Constitution, the Republic Constitution, the 1979 Constitution, 1989 Constitution and 1999 Constitution.

 

PSC 103: Introduction to Political Science II

Government as the agent of community.  Classification of Political Systems.  Ideas of Constitutionalism, Democracy, Authoritarianism, Representation.  Functions of the Executives, Legislature, Judiciary and their Inter-relationships.  Party Politics and Pressure Groups.  Presidentialism, Unitarianism etc.

PSC 121: Nigerian Political Culture

Definition of Political Culture.  A general survey of the trends in Nigerian Political Culture from the colonial era to the present day.  Pre-requisites for the development of constructive political culture in Nigeria.

 

PSC 181: Politics in Africa

The nature of African Politics, Origins and Problems of African Politics.  Problems of Colonialism, Neo-colonialism, Succession to Power, Military Rule, etc. African in the colonial metropolis, Africa in international affairs.

 

PSC 204: Social Statistics for Political Science

Definition and Scope of Statistics: Its uses in everyday life.  Data collection, Types and Techniques of Data Presentation, Tables, Graphs, Diagrams, Frequency Distribution: Interval Scales: Measure of Central Tendency etc.

 

PSC 223: Nigerian Politics and Government

The Federal Arrangement and Division of Powers.  General Political Economic and Social Frameworks within which Nigerian Politics and the Governmental Institutions Develop and Function, Treated within Historical Perspective, Tropical Issues in Nigerian Politics i.e. Census, Elections, Education, Representation and Representativeness, Ethnic Relation, etc.

 

PSC 251: Introduction to Public Administration I

The Rationale of Administrations.  The Ecology of Administration, the Politics of Administration.  The Administrative Actor, Delegation, Administrative Audit and Control Elements of Administrative Law.

 

PSC 261: Introduction to Local Government Studies

Meaning and Functions of Local Government, Local Government and Local Administration.  Relationship between Local Government and National/State Governments.  Sources of Local Government Finances.  Problems of Local Government.

 

PSC 211A: Introduction to Political Theories

A Study of Political Theories from the Greeks to the Reformation, Western Political Theories from the Renaissance to the 19th Century.  Theories of Modern State. Political Theories of the 19th and 20th Centuries from Hegel to Lenin.

 

PSC 205: Social Statistics for Political Science

Inductive Statistics: Testing Hypotheses. Sampling Theory. Correlation and Regression. Test of Significance. Partial Correlation and Causal Interpretation. Chi-square Tests, Fishers Exact Test etc.

PSC 211B: Introduction to Political Analysis

The Nature of Politics, Political Systems and the Structure of Government, Political Representation, Institutions of Different Regimes.  The Relationship between Regimes Types and Political Efficiency, Citizen Participation and Political Culture.

 

PSC 212: Political Ideas

Introduction to Major Political Ideas in their Historical Context.  Concepts such as Monarchism, Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism, Fascism, Anarchism, etc.

 

PSC 271: Foundations of Political Economy

Relationship between Politics and Economics. Economics and Determinants of Politics. Class Analysis and Political Power Relations.  Production and Politics with emphasis on the Material Basis of Political Action.

 

PSC 252: Introduction to Public Administration II

Personnel Management, Recruitment, Training and Control.  Public Corporations, General Principles of Budgeting.

 

PSC 231: Introduction to International Relations

The Organization of the International Society.  International System defined within the Theoretical Framework centred on the Concept of Power and the “National Interest.”  The Place of Small Nations in the Modern World.  Major International Problems of our Time.

 

PSC 306: Logic and Methods of Political Inquiry I

Political Science and the Scientific Method, the Logic of Political Inquiry and the Language of Variables.  Introduction to Problem Formulation.  Quantification as a means of enhancing Empirical Content of the Discipline.

 

PSC 313: History of Political Thought (Western)

Examination of selected Classical and Modern Political Thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle Machiavelli, Locke, Marx, Hegel, Bentham, etc. with Special emphasis on the Germination and Impact of their Ideas.  Background of the Thinker including his time should be examined.

 

PSC 314: Contemporary Political Analysis

Contending Paradigms in Contemporary Political Analysis, Their Philosophical and Ideological Soils, as well as their 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 Approach.

 

PSC 315: Political Behaviour

Examination of the Behavioural Approach to the Study of Politics: Political Socialization, Political Culture, Political Participation and Apathy.  Psychopathological Analysis of Political Behaviour. Electoral Behaviour.

 

PSC 341: Methodology of Comparative Politics  

Comparative Political Analysis: History of Comparative Politics, Concepts, the Scientific Method and Logic of Comparison, Classification Systems in Comparative Politics, Case Study Approach, Competing Paradigms or Orientations in Comparative Political Analysis, the Strategy of Across-System Theorizing, Measurement Problems in Cross-National Research.

 

PSC 332: Theories of International Relations

An examination of the basic concepts and theories that have been offered for the study of International Relations.  Power, Conflict, Accommodation, Systems Theories, Linkage Politics, the Theory of Coalition and Alliances Models, Games and Simulation.

 

PSC 324: Nigerian Foreign Policy

The Internal Setting of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy – Pressure Groups, Domestic Schism, Consensus Building Process etc. Nigerian Neighbours and the Wider African Setting, the International Environment, Policy Process and Issues during Civilian and Military Regimes, the Effect of the Civil War on Nigeria Non-Aligned Policy, Issues and Problems of Foreign Policy Making since 1976 and Nigerian Pan-African Role.

PSC 353: Theories and Practice of Administration

Evaluation of Administrative Organisational Theory from 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 Behaviours.  Study of Personnel Administration. Decision-making in Bureaucratic Organizations.

 

PSC 307: Logic and Methods of Political Inquiry II

The Research Process; Causation; Theory in Social Research; Research Process; Causation; Theory in Social Research; Research Designs.  Hypotheses Test of Validity and Reliability; Sampling Methods, Forms of Data Collection, Analysis of Data, etc.

 

PSC 316: African Political Thought

A Survey of Modern and Contemporary African Political Thought – the Literature of Political Protests from the late 18th Century to the Present, Critical Analysis of the Political Ideas of Blyden, Casely Hayford, Azikiwe, Nkrumah, Nassar, Nyerere, Du Bois, Padmore, Ceassaire, Fanon, Senghor, Sekour Toure etc.

 

PSC 325: Urban Politics and Local Government in Nigeria

Examination of the Structure of Political Power Operating in Urban Political Systems.  Problems involved in the Planning and Execution of Major Services in Urban Political System.  Local Government in Nigeria, Changing Structures and Units of Local Government and Administration.  The Major Trends in the Evolution of Modern Local Government System in Nigeria.  The 1976 Local Government Reform.

 

PSC 342: Comparative Federalism

The Genesis of Political Dynamics of Comparative Federal Systems with Particular Reference to Such Countries as USA, USSR, Canada, West Germany, Australia, India and Nigeria.

 

PSC 343: Comparative Politics and Government

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.  A Comparative Analysis of Government and Politics based on selected Area Studies (such as Western Europe and North America), Communist/Socialist States of Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, South-east Asia.

 

PSC 354: Public Policy Analysis

Concepts and Strategies of Planning, Programming and Budgeting System (PPBS), Basic Techniques of Network Construction and Analysis examined Descriptively and from the Perspective of Administration System, Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Critique.

 

PSC 372: Theory and Practice of Marxism

The Basic Theory of Marxism.  The Communist Manifesto.  Extension of Marxism of Lenin and Mao-Tse Tung.  The Soviet Union and Marxism, Chinese Brand of Marxism, the Present Reforms in Socialist Countries – the fall of Soviet Union.

 

PSC 373: Politics of Development and Underdevelopment

The Character of the Emerging Nations Dynamics of Social Change; Post-Independence Experiments with Representative Systems of Government.  Impact of Social Change on Political Process.  Analysis of Profound Change: Agents of Change, Constraint and Problems Contingent on Rapid Socio-Economic Change.

 

PSC 333: International Organisations

The Nature of International Organisations and Its Role in the Relations of States; Regional and Global International Organisations and the Power Balance, International Peace-keeping Machinery and Its Effectiveness.

 

PSC 417: Political Sociology

Man is the root of political activities.  Psychopathology of Politics.  Social Group and Social Classes.  Consensus Formation.  Structure of Political Power in pre-Industrial and Industrial Societies.  Social Bases of Interest Groups, Force and Violence in Politics, Decision Making Dynamics.

PSC 418: Public Opinion and Pressure Group

The Nature of Public Opinion, Measurement and Evaluation of Public Opinion.  Nature of Propaganda and Pressure Group Politics, Voting Behaviour.

 

PSC 426: The Military in Nigerian Politics 1966 – Present Day.

Comparative Examination of the Involvement of the Armed Forces in Civilian Affairs; Means of Civilian Control over the Military.  Causes and Consequences of Military Seizure of Political Power.  General Trends in Military Rule in Nigeria since 1966.  The Future of Civilian Rule in Nigeria and Africa.

 

PSC 462: Comparative Local Government Systems

Examination of the Theoretical Bases of Different Systems (E.g. Nigerian, British, French and American) and their Relationship to Structural Organisation of Local Government.  Comparison of Main Features of “Devolution”, and “Deconcentration”, Management Community Power Structures, Finance, Central Local Relationships, etc.

 

PSC 455: Development Administration

The Place of Administration in Policy Planning and Policy Execution.  The Processes and Problems of Policy Formulation.  Organization for Public Administration – Theories of Organization Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.  Efficiency in the Public Service.

 

PSC 474: State and Economy

Role of Government in the Management of Modern Economy with Special Reference to Nigeria and other African Countries; Relationship Between Government and Private Enterprise; Role of Foreign Capital in Domestic Economy; Foreign Aid; Technology and Expertise.  Problem of Development Planning; Indigenization of the Economy and Self-Reliance in Relation to the Problem of Dependency on the International Economic System.   

 

PSC 482: Politics and Law in Africa

A Comparative Examination of the Inter-relationship between Law and Politics in different African countries.  The Significance of the judicial process during the colonial and independence periods.  The Concept of Law, What it is; How law arises and How it becomes institutionalized.  The judicial process – systems of criminal justice which translates abstract concerns of law into concrete institutions and policy.  How benefits and who does not.

 

PSC 483: Politics of Integration in Africa

Examination of Regionalism in National Politics Regionalism in African Politics with Particular Reference to Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Sudan, etc. Regionalism and ethnicity versus National Integration.  Development of National Character in selected African States.

 

PSC 434: International Economics 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 Movement, etc. Role of IMF, World Bank and such Monetary Agencies; Multi-National Enterprises and National Power; Theory of Unequal Exchange and the North/South Problems. Finally, the Economic Theory and National Boundaries, Customs Unions and Currency Areas.

 

PSC 435: Third World and Dependency

The Neo-Colonial Capitalist Mode of Production.  A Systematic and Theoretical Study of the Political and Socio-Economic Context of the Problem of Underdevelopment.  Dependency and Internal Economic Structure with Reference to Post-Colonial African States, Latin American and Asian States.

 

PSC 436: Imperialism and Nationalism

Meaning of Imperialism; Nature and Theories of Imperialism with Examples in History and Relation to Colonialism.  The rise of Nationalism since 1875.  Some Nationalist Movements in Africa, South-America and South-East Asia.  The Role of UNO in Decolonization.  Evaluation of Imperialism.  New Forms of Imperialism.

 

PSC 444: Comparative Political Systems and Parties

Parliamentary and Presidential System; Revolutionary and Military Governments; Single and Multi-Party Systems, Political Parties and Control of Government, Electoral Systems.

PSC 427: Problems of Federalism

Factors Conducive to Federal Systems; Drawing from Nigerian Case, Problems of Federal Leadership; Division of Functions, the Allocation of Financial and Economic Powers.  The Relationship between Structures and the Distribution of Functions.  Revenue Allocation.  Inter-State Trade and Commerce; System of Conflict Resolution.  The Minority Question.

 

PSC 419A: Normative Political Theory

The Meaning of Political Theory, vis-à-vis other Aspects of Political Science.  Normative Theory – Meaning and Uses.  Selected Normative Theories from Plato to Marx on the State, Its Origin and Functions, Civil Society, Consent, Obligations, etc.

 

PSC 419B: Empirical Political Theory

Intellectual Revolution in Contemporary Political Theory; Technical Revolution in Political Theory.  Emphasis on Scientific Methodology in Political Theory.  Cybernetics or Communications Theory, Decision-making Theory, Rationality As A Model Requirement, Irrationality As A Model.  Personality Variables, Relevance to Contemporary Methodology, Factor Analysis, Scalogram.  Behavioural Persuasion Theory, Systems Analysis, Structural-Functional Analysis of Political Systems, Conflict Revolution Theory or Game Theory, Marxist Theory.

 

PSC 456: Comparative Public Administration

Comparative Analysis of Private Large-Scale Organizations and Public (Senate) Administrative Organizations; Public Administration in Federal and Unitary States of State Bureaucracies, Communist Systems and the Third World.

 

PSC 457: Public Personnel and Financial Administration

An Examination of the Development of Public Personnel Arrangement in Nigeria.  The Administration of Human Resources in Organization.  Recruitment, Selection, Placement and Training in Government Service.  Ministries of Establishments, Public Service Commission.  An Examination of the Principles and Practices of Financial Administration and Control.  Analysis of Public Fiscal Policies and Budgetary Procedures.  Services and Problems of Government Revenue and Expenditure.

 

PSC 437: Foreign Policy Analysis

The Machinery of Diplomacy, the Framework of Analysis for Foreign Policy Decision, Internal and External Forces Affecting the Implementation and execution of a Foreign Policy.  Economic and Political Limitation of Foreign Policy and the Limits of Rationality in the Decision-making Process.

 

PSC 438: Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Practice

The formulation of Foreign Policy.  Foreign Policy Decision Makers.  Internal and External Forces affecting the Formulation and Implementation of Foreign Policy.  Values and Doctrines in Foreign Policy.  Meaning and History of Diplomacy.  The Professional Diplomat, His Qualities, Selection, Training and Posting.  Organisation of Foreign Office and a Diplomatic Mission. Successes and Failures of Diplomacy.  International Law on the Status, Immunities and Rights of Diplomats, Diplomatic Correspondence and Notes.