Category: Faculty of Social Sciences
Published on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:44
Written by Admin Fulafia
The B.Sc. degree programme in Political Science will produce a crop of competent and confident graduates whose minds are well developed and who are intellectually sound in the discipline.
The aims and objectives of the Political Science degree programme are to:
- Stimulate in students an appreciation of theoretical substructure, methodological conventions and their application in different context and fields of the Political Science discipline;
- Provide students with a broad and balanced knowledge and practical skills in Political Science;
- Develop in students the ability to apply intellectual resources to the solution of political problems;
- Develop in students a range of skills that are relevant to both governmental and non-governmental agencies at home and abroad;
- Provide students with relevant knowledge and skills for further studies in political science as a multi-disciplinary programme;
- Generate in students an appreciation of the importance of Political Science in national development and in the maintenance of global peace and security.
Admission and Graduation Requirements
The entry requirements shall be at least credit level passes in five subjects consisting of English Language, Mathematics, Government and other two subjects at the SSC, NECO, GCE or their equivalent not more than two sitting. Also required is an acceptable UTME score.
To graduate, a student must pass a minimum of 120 units including all compulsory courses.
Political Science graduates are expected to develop a wide range of complementary skills and abilities. These are divided into three broad categories.
a.) Regime of subject knowledge.
It is expected that the programme will be inter-disciplinary and ensure that students become conversant with the following major aspects of Political Science:
- Basic theories and concepts of Political Science
- Political thought
- African Politics
- Comparative Politics
- Public Administration
- International Relations
- Political Analysis
- Political Ideologies
- Political Economy
- Social Statistics
- Research Methodology
- Political Behaviour
- Strategic Studies
- Peace and Conflicts Studies
- Politics of Race
- Politics of Global Environmental Management
- Civil-Military Relations
- International Institutions
b.) Competencies and Skills
The products of B.Sc (Hons) in Political Science are expected to develop a wide-range of abilities and skills.
- Cognitive abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks including problem solving at national and international levels;
- Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to development, underdevelopment, war and peace at the national and global levels;
- Ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the analysis of issues and events in the international system;
- Skills in the evaluation and interpretation of information and data on International Relations;
- Skills in presenting data and argUTMEnts clearly and correctly, in writing and orally, to a range of audiences;
- Reasonable level of competence in qualitative and quantitative methods;
- Subject specific and transferable skills which allow for the pursuit of a wide range of careers after graduation;
- Information sources, including information retrieval through on-line computer searches;
- Information Technology skills, such as word-processing and spread sheet use, data-logging and storage, Internet communication, etc;
- Time management or organizational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working; and
- Study skills needed for continuing professional development.
c.). Behavioural Attributes
The products of the B. Sc. Honours degree in Political Science program should:
- Understand the socio-cultural environment in which they find themselves and how such environment conditions behavior;
- Understand the relationship between culture and behaviour;
- Relate the knowledge of human behavior to the ethics of academia;
- Possess a commitment to discipline, hardwork, excellence and self-reliance;
- Possess a wholesome attitude to society, respect for institutions and the rule of law;
- Be considerate and respectful of the rights of others; and
- Possess a high sense of patriotism.
Although all students graduating at bachelors honours degree level in Political Science are expected to demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge, abilities and skills in the areas identified in the foregoing sections, it is accepted that there will be significant differences in their attainment. The following criteria are suggested as indicators of different levels of attainment in these performance areas. These attainment levels are not meant to reflect the traditional degree classifications.
a. Attainment Level A (highest):
- Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the programme. Conceptual understanding is outstanding;
- Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy;
- Performance in transferable skills is generally very good
b. Attainment Level B:
- i. Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter covered in the programme and shows some evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good;
- ii. Problems are solved in a logical manner;
- iii. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies
c. Attainment Level C:
- Knowledge base is sound, but is largely confirmed to the content of the programme. Level of conceptual understanding is general sound;
- Problem solving ability is sound in relation to problems of a familiar type or those that can be tackled through the straightforward application of standard procedures;
- Performance in transferable skills is largely sound.
d. Attainment Level D:
- Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course are basic;
- Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved;
- Transferable skills are at a basic level. Students who are awarded a bachelors honours degree in Political Science are expected to demonstrate knowledge, abilities and skills corresponding on balance to at least attainment level D.
- Regular and periodic review of the curriculum with emphasis on relevance to ever changing needs of society and industry;
- Effective feedback mechanism should be established with graduates and their employers to monitor their work performance in terms of knowledge, skills and adaptability;
- Constant research to monitor the relevance of courses and contents to the rapidly changing national and international socio-economic, technical, strategic and political environments;
- Promotion of joint teaching programmes with other institutions within and outside Nigeria;
- Regular exposure of academic staff to professional experiences through:
a.) Participation in the work of international organizations like the OAU, ECOWAS and the United Nations as per of national delegations to the meetings, conferences and seminars of these institutions;
b.) National and International conferences and consultancy programmes.
- More creative use of the instrUTMEnt of external examiners;
- vii. Constant study of students’ evaluation report of the programme, views of retired academics, foreign policy practitioners and other stakeholders;
- viii. Regular academic staff exchange with other universities;
- ix. Introduction of IT-based teaching methodology incorporating.