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B.Sc. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

INTRODUCTION

The B. Sc degree programme in International Relations aims at serving a number of inter-related objectives. To ground the student in the philosophy and methods of political inquiry and analysis. The focus is on scientific inquiry into and analysis of the relationship between the state and man both as an individual and a member of social groups.

GOALS

Equip the students with adequate statistical and quantitative skills and the ability to apply them to the analysis of socio-economic and political issues and policies.

Knowledge and understanding of political science methods

An understanding of how political institutions emerge, how they operate, how they interact with their external environment, and how they shape individual and collective behavior

Have a competence in the basic methodology of research and analysis in political science and be able to analyze and formulate effective argumentation about the political world in writing and oral presentation, making use of that competence

Understand the decisions human beings make in political settings, including those regarding the forms of government available and understand the philosophical underpinnings of political systems, major ideologies, and political parties

Enable to describe and explain political theory, political systems around the world, and politics in the international arena,

Understand the fundamental concepts, issues, and theories central to comparative politics and international relations, and
Be able to explain the similarities and differences between various types of polities and how they affect their behavior.

OBJECTIVES

To stimulate the students intellectually through the programme, in such a way that they appreciate socio-political problems.

To provide a solid foundation of knowledge about the workings of society and its institutions and develop the skills for the constructive use of such knowledge.

To develop in students, the ability to apply the knowledge to the resolution of societal problems and conflicts.

To develop in students, such skills for competency that would allow them to be self reliant and entrepreneurial.

Provide the students, such skill-base from which they can proceed to higher studies in political science.

Provide the students with necessary skills for studying and analyzing Political system in the society.

To imbue in the students a deep appreciation of the political dynamics of society and the impact of this on wider socio-economic development and societal well being.

CURRICULUM

B. Sc. International Relations  – 4 YEAR Curriculam Plan
Sl. NoCourse CodeCourse TitleUnits Category Lecture  (hours) Practical
(hours)
SEMESTER 1
Level 100
SEMESTER 1
1GST1211English Communication I2 GST              30            –
2GST1213Use of Library, Study Skills and ICT2 GST              30            –
3GST1215Nigerian People and Culture2 GST              30            –
4PSY1313Introduction to Psychology3 Core              45            –
5POL1311Introduction to Political Science3 Core              45            –
6POL1313Introduction to African Politics3 Core              45            –
7SOC1311Introduction to Sociology3 Core              45            –
8
18            270            –
SEMESTER 2
Level 100
SEMESTER 2
1GST1222Communication in French2 GST              30            –
2GST1224Logical Critical Thinking & Problem Solving2 GST              30            –
3GST1226Introduction to Entrepreneurship2 GST              30            –
4ACC1322Research Methodology3 Core              45            –
5POL1322Nigerian Government & Politics3 Core              45            –
6PCR1322Peace and Conflict  Resolution3 Core              45            –
7POL1324Introduction to International Relations3 Core              45            –
8
18            270            –
SEMESTER 3
Level 200
SEMESTER 1
1GST2211English Communication II2 GST              30            –
2GST2213Leadership Skills2 GST              30            –
3GST2215Core Life Skills & Happiness2 GST              30            –
4GST2317Environment and Sustainable development3 GST              45            –
5POL2311History of Political thought3 Core              45            –
6POL2313Foundations of Political Economy3 Core              45            –
7IRS2311Nigerian Foreign Policy3 Core              45            –
8
18            270            –
SEMESTER 4
Level 200
SEMESTER 2
1IRS2322History of Europe till World War II3 Required              45            –
2IRS2324Elements of Contemporary Global Studies3 Required              45            –
3IRS2326New States In World Politics3 Required              45            –
4IRS2328Theories of International Relations3 Required              45            –
5IRS2340Diplomacy3 Required              45            –
6IRS2342International Politics of Africa3 Required              45            –
7
8
18            270            –
SEMESTER 5
Level 300
SEMESTER 1
1IRS3699SIWES(Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme) / Industrial Attachment / Project6
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
6               –            –
SEMESTER 6
Level 300
SEMESTER 2
1IRS3322Foreign Policy  Analysis3 Required              45            –
2IRS3324Race and Ethnicity in International Relations3 Required              45            –
3IRS3326Intentional Politics in the Post-Cold War Era3 Required              45            –
4IRS3328International Economic Relations3 Required              45            –
5IRS3340Africa and the Middle East3 Required              45            –
6IRS3342Law of Nations3 Required              45            –
7IRS3344The International Political System3 Required              45            –
8
21            315            –
SEMESTER 7
Level 400
SEMESTER 1
1IRS4313Asia in World Politics3 Required              45            –
2IRS4315International Relations in Southern Africa & North Africa3 Required              45            –
3IRS4317Europe in World Politics3 Required              45            –
4IRS4319The Middle East in World Politics3 Required              45            –
5Elective 13              45
6Elective 23              45
7
8
18            270            –
SEMESTER 8
Level 400
SEMESTER 2
1IRS4326Foreign Policies of the Powers3 Required              45            –
2IRS4328Contemporary Strategic Studies3 Required              45            –
3IRS4340Human Rights3 Required              45            –
4POL4326International Institutions3 Core              45            –
5IRS4342Technology, Ecology and Environmental Issues in International Relations3 Required              45            –
6
7
8
15            225            –
Total Credits for Programme132        1,890            –
Project / Internship / SIWES ( Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme)
Course CodeCourse TitleUnits Category Lecture  (hours) Practical
(hours)
IRS3699SIWES / Industrial Attachment / Project6
 Options for Elective 1 & 2
Course CodeCourse TitleUnits Category Lecture  (hours) Practical
(hours)
POL4335World Peace Origination3 Elective              45            –
IRS4331Contemporary International System3 Elective              45            –
IRS4333Political analysis & International Society3 Elective              45            –
BUA4335International Management3 Elective              45            –