Master of Science (M.Sc) Political Science

INTRODUCTION

The Department of political science is one of the pioneer departments of the students. As a way of serving the professional needs of the environment as well as enriching the academic climate of the department, four postgraduate programmes were mounted in 1998 namely: the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) which was started to serve the professional advancement needs of the teeming population of Administrators in the University’s catchments area. The Master of Science (M.Sc) in Public Administration was also mounted at the same time as a more academically focused programme. The two other programmes which were designed with the same objectives were the Master of Science (M.Sc) in International Relations and Strategic Studies and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Relations and Strategic Studies. These programmes and the overall academic research, teaching and learning environment will be greatly enhanced by two new programmes that are hereby proposed:

OBJECTIVE OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME

The objective of the programme is to prepare and produce candidates with higher levels of intellectual and academic skills, beyond those required at the first degree level, capable of meeting the requirements of research, teaching, administration and entrepreneurship in an increasing more complex world.

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  1. International relations
  2. Comparative Politics and Development Studies
  • Political Philosophy
  1. Empirical Political Theory and Methodology
  2. Public Administration and Public Policy
  3. Political Economy

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for Admission must possess:

  1. Admission is open to candidates with First Class or Second Class, Upper Division Degree in Political Science
  2. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements of University Admission and Matriculation.

 

DURATION AND CONDITION FOR GRADUATION

A minimum of 18 months will be required to complete the Masters Programme. A total of thirty-six credits units are expected to be passed and a thesis successfully defended not later than twenty-four months of first registration.

 

CORE COURSES OFFERED CREDIT UNITS

First Semester

Course Code  Code Title                                                      Credit Unit

POLS 701       Development and Underdevelopment                        3

POLS 703       Research Methods and Empirical Inquiry                  3

POLS 705       International Relations Theory and Practice               3

POLS 707       Political Theory and Philosophy                                 3

Second Semester

Course Code  Code Title                                                      Credit Unit

POLS 702       Issues in Nigerian Government and Politics               3

POLS 704       African Political Theory and Philosophy                    3

POLS 706       The State and the Economy                                        3

POLS 708       Nigeria Foreign Policy                                                3

Third Semester

Course Code  Code Title                                                      Credit Unit

POLS 740       Thesis                                                                          4

Electives in Areas of Specialization

International Relations        

POLS 709       Principles of International Law                                  2

POLS 710       International Organizations and the Un                     2

POLS 711       African International Relations                                  2

POLS 712       Conflict Resolution and Peace Keeping                     2

POLS 713       International Political Integration                               2

POLS 714       Special Topics in International Relations

(Globalization, International Terrorism, etc.) 2

POLS 741       Strategic Studies                                                         2

Comparative Politics and Development Studies

Course Code  Code Title                                                      Credit Unit

POLS 715       Comparative Politics of Underdeveloped

Nations                                                                        2

POLS 716       Politics of Industrial Societies                                    2

POLS 717       Politics of Newly Industrializing Societies                 2

POLS 718       Area Studies (Africa, South East Asia,

Western Europe, Middle East,

Latin America and the Caribbean                               2

Political Theory and Philosophy

Course Code  Code Title                                                      Credit Unit

POLS 720       African Political Thought                                           2

POLS 721       Development of Ancient and Material

Western Political Thought                                          2

POLS 722       Contemporary Political Thought                                 2

POLS 723       Concepts in Political Theory                                       2

POLS 724       Topics in Political Philosophy                                     2

Empirical Political Theory and Methodology

Course Code  Code Title                                                      Credit Unit

POLS 725       Empirical Political Theory                                           2

POLS 726       Statistical Analysis of Political Data                          2

POLS 727       Principles and Methods of Survey Research              2

POLS 728       Topics in the Analysis of Political Data                      2

Public Administration and Public Policy

Course Code  Code Title                                                      Credit Unit

POLS 729       Public Administration In Nigeria                                2

POLS 730       Rural Development Administration                            2

POLS 731       Public Policy Analysis                                                2

POLS 732       Urban Development Administration                          2

POLS 733       Comparative Local Government

Administration                                                            2

POLS 734       The Legislative Process in Nigeria                              2

POLS 735       Intergovernmental Relations and

Public Policy in Nigeria                                              2

Political Economy

Course Code  Code Title                                                      Credit Unit

POLS 742       Marxist Political Economy                                          2

POLS 743       The Political Economy of Africa                                2

POLS 744       Political Economy of Underdevelopment                  2

POLS 745       Selected Topics in Nigerian Political Economy          2

COURSE DESCRIPTION

POLS 701: Problems of Development and Underdevelopment

This course aims at highlighting the development problems of the third world in general with particular emphasis on Africa and Nigeria. The various theoretical approaches applied to illuminate as well as solve the problem will examined.

 

POLS 702: Issues in Nigerians Government and Politics

This course aims at a higher level of examination of the complex issues in Nigerian Government and Politics, including development, leadership, constitutionalism, corruption, democracy and nationality.

 

POLS 703: Research Methods and Empirical Inquiry

This course will expose students to the methods and techniques of conducting social and political research. It will address the various stages of the research process from conceptualization of the research problem to the analysis and interpretation of data.

 

POLS 704: African Political Theory and Philosophy

This is a focus on Africa traditional political ideas and their interaction with contemporary African politics, as well as how this interplay has shaped contemporary thought and practice.

 

POLS 705: International Relations Theory and Practice

This course examines the major theories on the functioning of the international system. Their research utility for research as well as their weakness is also examined.

POLS 706: The State and the Economy

This course is an analytical approach to themes in Nigerian Political Economy. It focuses on the interplay of the state with sectoral performance of the economy.

 

POLS 707: Political Theory and Philosophy

This course examines the works of key political thinkers in the context of current political issues and problems.

 

POLS 708: Nigerian Foreign Policy

This course examines the underlying principles of Nigerian foreign policy in relation to the dynamics of change and stability of Nigerian development.

 

POLS 709: Principles of International Law

This course focuses on the rules that govern international relations at peacetime as illustrated by texts and cases.

 

POLS 710: International Organizations and the UN

This course focuses of international regional, functional, universal organizations and how they mirror contemporary international society as well as act as a force for change.

 

POLS 611: African International Relations

The course examines the dynamic of change as well as features of inter- African conflict and cooperation.

 

POLS 712: Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping

This course examines the cause of conflict at the international level and the mechanism for their resolution as well as the evolution and practice of international peacekeeping.

 

POLS 713: International Political Integration

This course examines the various efforts at international regional integration around the world particularly in West Africa and Europe. The problems and prospects of these efforts are also examined.

POLS 714: Special Topics in International Relations

This course addresses the dynamic character of International relations by focusing at such topical issues as terrorism, globalization, international human rights and women issues.

 

POLS 615: Comparative Politics of Underdeveloped Nations

This course involves a comparative investigation of particular themes, problems, institutions and theories relating to political change in the underdeveloped world, particularly Africa.

 

POLS 716 Politics of Industrial Societies

This course involves a comparative examination as well as processes in the newly industrializing economies of Asia and Latin America.

 

POLS 717: Politics of the Newly Industrializing Societies

This course examines the political institutions and transformation as well as processes in the newly industrializing economies of Asia and Latin America.

POLS 718: Area Studies (Africa; South East Asia, Latin America etc.)

This course selectively focuses on particular geopolitical region and examine the peculiarities within the region which impede or accelerate their development.

 

POLS 719: Special Topics in Politics of Underdeveloped Areas

This course focuses on topical issues of general concern to underdeveloped world and examines the theories and strategies applied to understand as well as solve related problems.

 

 

 

 

POLS 720: African Political Thought

This course is a focus on the political ideas of selected African thinkers and the impact and significance of their ideas for African political development included are early ad contemporary political thinkers such as Ibn Khadoun, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Leopold Senghor etc.

 

POLS 721: Development of Ancient Mecheral Western Political Thought

This course examines the political thought of western thinkers up to Machiavellian.

 

POLS 722: Contemporary Political Thought

This course focuses on the intellectual roots of contemporary democracy; the contributions of analytical philosophy and existentialism in political understanding

 

POLS 723: Concepts in Political Theory

The nature of conceptual thought about politics is the focus of this course Examination of problematic concepts central to both traditional and scientific theory; power authority, community, justice, the political and others are underplayed.

POLS 724: Topics in Political Philosophy

Investigation at an advanced level of selected problems of political philosophy.

 

POLS 725: Empirical Political Theory

Analysis of contemporary theories of politics which apply across the subfield of political science in relation to analogues theories in other social sciences.

 

POLS 726: Statistical Analysis of Political Data

Methods of political data analysis and hypothesis testing emphasizing when and how statistics are useful and methods available.

 

POLS 727: Principles and Methods of Survey Research

This course examines the principles underlying survey research as well as the procedures for sampling and their limitations.

 

POLS 728: Topics in the Analysis of Political Data

The course focuses on the theoretical background and practice with contingency table analysis. ANOVA, multiple regression, time series, factor analysis, analysis of 6-variance and causal modeling.

 

POLS 729: Public Administration in Nigeria

This course examines the evolution development of public administration in Nigeria since the colonial period.

 

POLS 730: Rural Development Administration

This course focuses on the strategies and methods of carrying out rural development. It will emphasize the problems of rural development administration in Nigeria.

 

POLS 731: Public Policy Analysis

This course introduces students to the methods of analyzing public policy. Students will become acquainted with the central concepts employed in such analysis.

 

POLS 732: Comparative Local Government Administration

This course will examine the various models of Local Government Administration and seek assess and compare them with the Nigerian experience.

 

POLS 733: Urban Development Administration

This course examines the problems of urban areas and assesses the various models available in the development administration of these areas.

 

POLS 734: The Legislative Process in Nigeria

Principles procedures and the problems of the legislative process are the focus of this course.

POLS 744: The Political Economy of Underdevelopment

This Course focuses on the sectoral issues as well as the linkages between the various forces in society and their consequences for Social change in underdeveloped economies

 

POLS 745 Selected Topics in Nigerian Political Economy

 

ACADEMIC STAFF LIST DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION

S/N NAME RANK QUALIFICATION STATUS
1 Prof. W.N. Tagowa Professor Ph.D Visiting