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GOV 001 — Elements of Government

1. Nature of Government and Politics

  • Definition of government and politics
  • Rationale for studying government as an academic discipline
  • Definition of politics. Debate on the scientific status of politics
  • Methods and approaches to the study of government and politics:
    • Philosophical,
    • Normative,
    • Institutional,
    • Historical,
    • Comparative,
    • Qualitative and Quantitative,
    • Behavioural,
    • Empirical
  • Relationship between the study of government and politics and other academic discipline e.g. History, Law, Economics, Geography, Sociology and Psychology
  • Scope of government and politics:
    • Political theory
    • Political economy
    • International relations
    • Public Administration and local government
    • Comparative politics
    • studies
    • National politics

2. Basic Concept of Government

  • Power
  • Influence
  • Authority
  • Legitimacy
  • Sovereignty
  • Nation
  • Political culture
  • Political socialisation
  • Political participation

3. The State, Structure and Types of Government

  • The nature, purpose and function of the modern state
  • Theories of the state
  • Characteristics of the state
  • Types of state
    • Unitary
    • Federal
    • Confederal
  • Structure of government
    • The executive
    • The legislative
    • The judiciary
  • Functions, relationships, strengths and weaknesses
  • Types or systems of government
    • Parliamentary
    • Presidential
    • Monarchy
    • Authoritarian
    • Totalitarian
    • Oligarchy
    • Aristocracy
    • Military

4. Constitution and Constitutionalism

  • Definition of Constitution and Constitutionalism
  • Types of Constitution
    • Written and unwritten
    • Unitary and federal
    • Rigid and flexible
  • Relationship between Constitution and Constitutionalism
  • Features of Constitutionalism
    • Rule of law
    • Separation of power
    • Supremacy of the Constitution
    • Fundamental human rights
    • Independence of the judiciary
    • Checks and balance
  • Constitutionalism: myths and reality

5. Governance and Citizenship

  • Meaning and nature of governance
  • Difference between government and governance
  • Democracy and democratisation
  • Citizenship: Who is a citizen?
    • Ways of acquiring citizenship
    • Rights of citizen
    • Duties and obligations of a citizen

GOV 002 — Fundamentals of Government

1. Political Ideas and Thoughts

  • The concept of ideology: meaning, nature and functions of ideology
  • Types of ideology
    • Communalism
    • Feudalism
    • Capitalism and Imperialism
    • Fascism and Nazism
    • Nationalism
    • Marxism, Socialism and Communism
    • Totalitarian
    • Anarchism
    • Globalisation
  • Political thoughts: social contrast theory as advanced by Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Thomas Aquinas, Jean Jacque
  • Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham

2. Political Parties, Party System and Pressure Groups

  • Definition and functions of political parties
  • Organs of political parties
  • Types of political parties
  • Party system and types of party system
  • Relationship between party system and political parties
  • Meaning, types and functions of pressure groups
  • Mode of operation and tactics of pressure groups
  • Comparison between political parties and pressure groups

3. Public Opinion and Propaganda

  • Definition, functions and measurement of public opinion
  • Meaning and nature of propaganda
  • Functions, tactics and strategies of propaganda

4. Elections and Electoral System

  • Definition of election
  • Meaning of suffrage
  • History and evolution of suffrage
  • Types of suffrage
  • Purpose of election
  • Condition for free and fair election
  • Meaning and types of electoral system
  • Electoral institutions
    • NECON
    • NEC
    • INEC
  • Factors militating against free and fair elections

5. Political and Social Change

  • Meaning and nature of political and social change
  • Reactionary change
  • Reformatory change
  • Revolutionary change
  • Concept of stability and instability
  • Terrorism and insurgency
  • Military intervention in politics
  • Theories and causes of military intervention
  • Civil-Military relation

6. Public Administration

  • Definitions
  • Theories of public administration
  • The organisation and structure of public administration
  • Bureaucracy: concept, features, strengths and weaknesses
  • The Civil Service: characteristics and functions
  • The policy process: formulation, implementation and evaluation
  • Public corporation
  • Local government administration

7. International Relations

  • Definition
  • Differences between international relations and international politics
  • Foreign policy and its determinants.
  • Globalisation
  • History, structure, achievement and failure of international organisations:
    • ECOWAS
    • African Union
    • Commonwealth of Nation
    • United Nations Organisation
    • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
    • World Bank

GOV 003 — Nigerian Government and Politics

1. Pre-colonial System of Government in Nigeria

  • Hausa/Fulani
  • Yoruba
  • Igbo

2. Colonial Administration in Nigeria

  • Indirect rule system
  • Nationalism — rise, growth and effects
  • Constitutional development in Nigeria 1914-1960
  • Constitutional development in Nigeria 1960 to present

3. Development of Political Science in Nigeria

  • Colonial and first republic political parties
    • The Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP)
    • The Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM)
    • The National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon (NCNC)
    • The Action Group (AG)
    • The Northern People’s Congress (NPC)
  • Second Republic Political Party
    • The National Party of Nigeria (NPN)
    • The Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)
    • The Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP)
    • The Great Nigerian People’s Party (GNPP)
    • The People’s Redemption Party (PRP)
    • The National Advanced Party (NAP)
  • Third Republic Political Parties
    • The National Republican Convention (NRC)
    • Social Democratic Party (SDP)
  • Fourth Republic Political Parties
    • The All People’s Party (APP)
    • The Alliance for Democracy (AD)
    • The People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
    • The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)
    • The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
    • The All Progressive Congress (APC)
    • The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)

4. Election and Electoral Processes in Nigeria

  • Historical background of election in Nigeria
  • Types of electoral system in Nigeria
  • Party politics in Nigeria
  • General elections in Nigeria: 1959, 1964, 1979, 1983, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015
  • Problems of elections in Nigeria

5. Major Political Crisis in Nigeria

  • Aba women riot of 1929
  • The Kano riot of 1953
  • Action Group crisis of 1962
  • The census crisis of 1962/1963
  • Nigerian-Biafran civil war 1967-1970
  • Electoral crisis in Nigeria: June 12,1993. 2011 post election violence
  • Niger Delta crisis
  • Boko haram terrorism

6. Military Rule in Nigeria

  • Background of military rule in Nigeria
  • Structure of military regime
  • Reasons for military intervention/coup d’etat
  • Military regimes: Ironsi, Gowon, Muritala, Obasanjo, Buhari/Idiagbon, Babangida, Abacha, and Abdulsalami Abubakar
  • Achievements and failures of military rule in Nigeria
  • Military disengagement from politics: transition to civil rule programme of military regime and military professionalism

7. Nigerian Foreign Policies

  • History and objectives
  • National interest and its determinants
  • The determinants of Nigeria’s foreign policies
  • Evaluation of Nigeria’s foreign policies by regimes

GOV 004 — African Government and Politics

1. Africa before European Invasion

  • Pre-colonial system and contact consequences

2. Colonialism in Africa

  • Reasons for European expansion in Africa
  • The scramble for and partition of Africa at Berlin
  • Colonialism in Africa
  • Apartheid regime in Africa
  • Africans resistance to colonialism

3. Colonial System of Administration in Africa

  • Indirect rule system
  • Policy of assimilation and association

4. Colonial Development in Selected West African Countries

  • Nigeria
  • Liberia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Ghana
  • The Gambia

5. The Nationalist Movements in West Africa

  • French and British nationalist movements compared

6. Military Interventions in Africa

  • Nature of African armies at independence
  • Nature of post-colonial politics in Africa
  • Military intervention in selected African countries: Nigeria Ghana, Liberia, Uganda, Egypt, Congo, etc.
  • Characteristics of military rule in Nigeria
  • Disengagement of military from politics: Transition programmes

7. Democratisation and the Political Process in Africa

  • Nature of democratisation and political process
  • Democracy and human rights in a
  • Evaluation of the democratisation process

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