Political Science Department is one of the pioneer Departments of the Federal University Lokoja at its take-off in the 2012/2013 Academic Session. It started under the leadership of Professor Ovwasa Onovwakponoko Lucky, then Associate Professor of Political Science who was assisted by a team of 9 efficient teaching and 2 non- teaching staff members to take care of the pioneer students. Currently the Department boasts of 13 academic staff and 4 non-academic staff. The Department which is located in the Faculty of Arts and Social sciences has a student population of 157 full-time undergraduate students.
Breakdown of students in the Department:
The mission of the Department of Political science Federal University Lokoja is to excel in the dissemination of knowledge to students, produce teaching and research of increasing quality and bequeath invaluable knowledge to generations, while remaining relevant to the immediate environment, state and the nation.
The vision for the Department of Political Science is to channel human, material and natural resources to promote learning, research and outreach programmes that will help in transforming the environment by touching the lives of those in the immediate catchment area as well as those far beyond.
The B.Sc. Political Science programme at the Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State is grounded in the Philosophy of training and producing graduates equipped with social scientific tools, skills and knowledge to engage with, and be a part and parcel of the process of making and remarking of the Nigerian State and society. It is also to produce graduates endowed with the capacity to make contributions at both national and international levels, to the enhancement of the prospect for human prosperity and welfare. The philosophy has four components.
First, the design of the teaching and research elements of the programme gives primacy to the question of the social relevance of political science knowledge and skills and diagnosing Nigeria’s Political and socio-economic problems as well as the resolution of such problems. To realize this, emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge that can strengthen the capacity of the Nigerian state to design and implement appropriate development policies, while enhancing the capacity of citizens to engage the process and maximize access to public goods for individuals and groups.
Second, the design of the programme consciously seeks to retain and strengthen the tradition of critical inquiry and pedagogy aimed at equipping the students with the skills to understand, analyze and appreciate the threats and opportunities inherent in on-going changes at both domestic and global levels. Among others, these include: Public sector reform, market reform, resurgence of civil society, emergence of new social movements, the rise of insurgency and identity politics including ethnicity, gender, Islamism and Pentecostalism, globalization, post-cold war re-alignment of social and political forces. These developments have far-reaching implications for our conventional understanding of the state, the labour market, and state-society relations in general.
The third element of this philosophy is the continued refining of tools, methodologies, perspectives and paradigms to cope with the analysis and understanding of the complex processes of change at both domestic and global levels. For instance, post-cold war realities have relocated the sites of conflict as intra-state conflicts have become more dominant than the inter-state conflicts of the cold war era. Similarly, globalization has shaped new understanding of questions of citizenship, and has altered traditional conception of the state as the dominant political actor in the promotion of development and collective welfare. Consequently, new issues and challenges such as global governance and redistribution of resources, corporate governance, public sector-private sector partnership, new forms of inclusive politics, citizenship and the management of diversity, have brought forth the necessity to refine our analytical tools and lenses.
Fourth and finally, the design of the programme seeks to take on board the concern to ‘decolonize’ social science knowledge, by interrogating inherited knowledge and paradigms on the basis of local knowledge and experience.
Admission into the B.Sc. Political Science programme is through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and direct entry (DE). Candidates for admission into the four-year degree programme through the UTME should possess a Senior Secondary School Certificate or General Certificate of Education or equivalents with at least five Credit passes of which one must include English Language, Government or History. Apart from the five credit passes requirement stated above, a candidate must have at least a pass in Mathematics.
The subjects to be taken during unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) apart from English language include: Government or History and any other two of the following Social Science subjects: Accounting, Economics, Geography, Commerce or a combination of one subject from Social science subjects and one from the following Arts subjects: Literature in English, Religious studies (Islam and Christianity) and the three major Nigerian Languages (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba). For the sake of clarity, no candidate is allowed to take two Arts subjects as stated above. Candidates should also have an acceptable pass in both UTME and PUTME (Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam).
200 Level: Direct Entry
Candidates for admission into the B.Sc. Hons Political Science Degree Programme for the three year duration through Direct Entry (D/E) should possess the above minimum ordinary level requirements in addition to the Advanced Levels, NCE, ND and University Diploma with Upper Credit in related discipline.
Breakdown of Direct Entry Requirements
Five SSCE passes at credit level in not more than two sittings to include English Language, Mathematics, Government or History plus two social science subjects and any other subject.
IJMB/GCE A’ Level
At least Two A’ Level passes to include Government/History and one other Arts or Social Science subjects.
- ND (Upper credit) HND (lower credit) in Public Administration and Local Govt. Studies or other cognate departments recognized by FUL.
- NCE: A minimum of credit
- Graduates of Arts, Social Sciences, Law or Education courses must have a minimum of Third Class
Courses outline/ Description
(a). 100 Level First Semester
POS 101: Introduction to Political Science (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
Basics of the discipline of Political Science in general; the subject matter and scope of Political Science; the approaches to the study of political Science; the scientific status of the discipline; Clarification and analysis of key concepts such as Power, Authority, Legitimacy, Influence, Separation of Powers, Sovereignty; Political Institutions and processes; and the subfields of political Science; International Relations, public administration and policy analysis Political theory and philosophy, Political economy, etc.
POS 103: Introduction to Constitutional Development (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
Nigeria’s constitutional development in a chronological and sequential order; the development of nationalism in the context of colonial experience; the development of party politics; the Clifford Constitution; the Richard’s Constitution; the Macpherson Constitution; the Oliver Lyttleton constitution; the Constitutional Conferences; the independence constitution as well as post-colonial constitution-making efforts.
POS 105: Nigeria Legal System i (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
Judicial institutions in Nigeria: the role of the judiciary, the history and development of the courts, types of courts and their jurisdiction. Methods of seeking redress in courts, Judiciary personnel, appointment and tenure. Independence of the judiciary, legal aid system and Human Rights, (contents and abuse).
(b). 100 Level Second Semester
POS 102: Organization of Government (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The various ways of organizing government into legislature, executive and judiciary. The functions of government and the theory of separation of powers. Application of the theory of checks and balances. Forms of political administrative system, i.e Unitarianism, federalism, Confederalism, parliamentary and presidential systems as well as the hybrid. Political parties and pressure groups as facilitators in organizing the state. The lawmaking powers of the state and the legislative process. Types of political executives.
POS 104: The Citizen and the State (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The evolution of the liberal democratic state and the idea of citizenship, the relationship of the citizens to the state in terms of duties and obligations of the Citizens to the State as well as the responsibility of the State to the Citizens; the various ways of acquiring citizenship; conditions for forfeiting citizenship, critical issues in the discourse on citizenship in contemporary Nigeria such as ethnicity, gender, native/settler distinction as well as challenges of empowering citizens to realize formal rights enshrined in the Constitution.
POS 106: Nigeria Legal System ii (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The idea of a legal system. Nature and functions of law; classification of law, sources of Nigerian law-legislation; Democracy and Judicial System, Judicial precedents, customary law, Islamic law, English common law and equity. Reception and application of English Law in Nigeria, military and Rule of law.
POS 108: Elements of Democracy (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
Origins and meaning of democracy. Its variations and practices across social settings. Differences between it and other forms of governmental organization and its peculiar beauties/attractions. Electoral system, party system, Public opinion and Pressure groups.
(c). 200 Level First Semester
POS 201: Nigeria Government and Politics (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The course focuses on Nigeria Government and Politics. Background issues and concerns in Nigerian politics such as pre-colonial political institutions; colonial conquest/subjugation of various Nigeria communities, kingdoms, empires and principalities; colonial systems of administration; the colonial economy; the rise of modern nationalism and the process of decolonization up to the acquisition of formal political independence on October 1, 1960. Post-colonial government and politics, focusing on a number of central issues such as the various Republics; military rule and transitions, federal arrangement and division of powers; politics of census; politics of states creation, politics of revenue allocation and fiscal federalism; ethnicity, religion and regionalism.
POS 203: Political Ideas (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The major political ideas that have shaped institutions of governance; the values underlying them; the expectations of citizens about political systems and the changes and shifts that have occurred in these ideas over the years. Major political ideas in their historical context with emphasis on concepts like Monarchism, Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism, Fascism, Anarchism, Totalitarianism, Civil Society, Rights; Justice; the State, etc.
POS 205: Introduction to International Relations (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The field of international relations; the organization of the international society; theories of international relations; linkage politics; theory of coalition and alliances; balance of power theories; impact of the emergency of the third world in international politics; the United Nations system and conflict resolution in the international System; the maintenance of global peace and security; issues in peace and conflict studies: the Arms Race, Disarmament, military alliances and treaties, SALT I & II, etc.
POS 207: Introduction to Local Government (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The conceptual clarification of Local Government and Local Government autonomy. The theoretical bases of Local Government as an Administrative unit of Governance. The concept of decentralization, de-concentration and devolution. The functions and finances of Local Government. Community power, central-local relationships. Local Government and the challenges of democracy, development and accountability and the problems of grass-roots and Community administration.
POS 209: Statistics for Political Science (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The scientific method of studying Political Science definitions; scope and origin of statistics, data collection, methods, the importance and limitations of statistics. Classifications of data, empirical and diagrammatical presentation of data. Frequency distribution, measure of central tendency, measure of dispersion. Inferential statistics, chi square, rank order correlation etc.
(d). 200 Level Second Semester
POS 202: Introduction to African Politics (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
Exploration of the general terrain of African Politics; the nature of African politics; the origin and problems of African Politics; pre-colonial African political institutions and society; the legacy of colonialism; the problem of neo-colonialism, political succession; military rule and the militarization of African politics; the involvement of Africa in international affairs, regionalism in Africa (OAU/African Union); and conflict Resolution in Africa.
POS 204: Introduction to Political Analysis (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The concept, assumptions, objectives and issues in political analysis; ways of acquiring knowledge; approaches and models of political analysis; theories of political analysis; the emergence of behaviouralism as an approach to the study of politics including its origin; the scientific method; the nature of politics; Political System and the structure of government; political representation e.g, direct democracy, theory of mandate, representative institutions of different regimes and regime types; Political communication; violence, political alienation; citizen participation and political culture, etc.
POS 206: Foundations of Political Economy (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The field of political economy with emphasis on the holistic nature of political economy as an inter-play of politics and economics; the major traditions in political economy such as classical liberal political economy represented by Adam Smith and the classical radical tradition represented by Karl Marx; contemporary issues in political economy such as class analysis, the state and underdevelopment theories.
POS 208: Introduction to Public Administration (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The sub-fields of Publication Administration; the rationale of administrations; the ecology of administration; the politics of administration; administrative delegation, administrative audit and control; elements of administrative law; public duties in Islamic State; conflict within bureaucracies; conflict and public policy.
POS 210: Introduction to Comparative Politics (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The basics of comparative politics as an attempt to make the study of politics rigorous and scientific; the logic of comparative Political inquiry; objective of comparative inquiry; approaches to the study of comparative politics: single country approach and multi-country approach, synchronic approach, problems of comparative politics.
POS 212: Methodology of Conflict Resolution (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The course introduces students to the comparative method of conflict resolution in Nigeria and beyond. The alternative methods of dispute resolution, proactive and reactive approaches to conflict resolution and management will also be examined. In addition English, Common and religious approaches to conflict management and resolution will be explored. Modern and Traditional approaches to conflict prevention and resolution will also be examined. Types and causes of conflicts, specific and general impacts of conflict on the state, politics and economy as well as the vulnerable groups; women and the children will be examined.
(e). 300 Level First Semester
POS 301: History of Political Thought (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
Selected classical and modern political thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Thomas Acquinas, Niccollo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, J.S. Mill, Jeremy Bentham, J.J. Rousseau and Karl Marx with reference to their reflections on the concept of the state, freedom of the citizen and the authority of the state.
POS 303: Logic and Methods of Political Inquiry (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The course focuses on the scientific methods of studying political science. It introduces students to logic, it’s nature, characteristics and branches and explores its relevance to social sciences in general and political science in particular. The logic of political inquiry and the language of variables, hypothesis and problem formulation. Research designs, sampling theory and techniques. Sources of information and problems of reliability. Method of referencing in Political Science. The meaning of generalization and the types of generalization in political inquiry as well as distinguish between statistical and universal generalizations.
POS 305: Political Behaviour (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The course examines the behavioral and post-behavioral approaches in political science as well the measurement of various determinants of political behavior, such as culture, environment, ideas, etc. Political socialization, political culture, political participation, and apathy, electoral behavior, public opinion, political communication, party alignments and mass mobilization.
POS 307: Comparative Federalism (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The idea of federalism and the evolution of federal systems of government: classical and recent federations; comparison of different federal system such as the USA, USSR, Canada, Germany, India and Nigeria; evolution of Nigeria’s federal system; and contending issues in Nigerian federalism such as Resource Control, Revenue Allocation, States creation and inter-Governmental Relations.
POS 309: Gender Studies and Development (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
The course examines the political economy of women and development in Nigeria. The role of African woman and development, challenges of womanhood, Participation in politics, prospects and challenges, women liberation movements, the role of the NGOSs and the campaign for gender equity globally.
POS 311: Methodology of Comparative Politics (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
Comparative political analysis; History of comparative politics; the scientific method and logic comparison; classification systems in comparative politics, case study approach, competing paradigms and orientation in comparative political analysis; the strategy of cross theorizing; and measurement problems in cross-national research.
POS 313: Theories and Practice of Administration (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
Evaluation of administrative organizational theories from the classical through the neo-classical to the modern; relationship between administration and politics; administrative behaviours in various institutional settings; interplay of political institutions and administrative patterns of behaviour; and the study of personnel administrative decisions making in bureaucratic organization.
POS 315: Theories and Practice of Marxism (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The crisis in Marxist theory and practice; the methodological and epistemological issues in Marxism, theories of class and class struggles the state in capitalist society: the relevance of Marxism to our understanding of the dynamics of Third World and African societies: the experience of “actually existing” socialism: and the prospects and possibilities of change in the Third World.
POS 317: Politics of West African States (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
A comparative and inter-disciplinary study of the social political and economic institutions and processes of West Africa; analysis of the major legacies of the various colonial rulers; types and patterns of anti-colonial nationalism; problems of state formation and national integration; and prospect for viable intra-West Africa State relations; prospect of regional integration including the role of ECOWAS in crisis mediation in West Africa; and the phenomenon of conflict and state-building/state re-building.
POS 319: Theories of War and Peace (30 hour Teaching (2) Elective)
The emergence of international organizations and their roles in the maintenance of world peace: theories of war and peace and the application of such theories with reference to major conflicts; War and peace issues affecting the international system: Arms race, cold war, disarmament; War and peace in post-cold war era, including emphasis on ethno/religious and local conflicts.
(f). 300 level second semester
POS 302: Contemporary Political Analysis (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The contending paradigms in contemporary political analysis; their philosophical and ideological roots as well as evaluation; elite approach, Group theory, functional system and communications theories; basic concepts and elements of game theory and political gaming; structural analysis; theories of political development and the new political economy.
POS 304: Public Policy Analysis (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
Theories and concepts in public policy; policy Agenda and the Processes of Agenda building: the policy cycle; actors in the policy process; policy formulation, implementation and evaluation; policy analysis and techniques of analysis; planning and decision making in policy formulation; models of public policy formula making and analysis; overview of practical policy policies in Nigeria with a view to understand why and how policies are made, problems of implementation and possible solutions.
POS 306: Public Administration in Nigeria (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The colonial origin of the Nigerian state and British Administrative practice; Evolution of Nigeria Administration from colonial to post- colonial period; the military factor in administration issues of over centralization and Garrison conquered structure of the civil service; Public Vs Civil Service; public Corporations; Administrative Reforms; Federal character and the so called Nigerian Factors in Administration; the polarization of appointments to the position of permanent secretary and implication on efficiency, productivity and corruption.
POS 308: Theories of International Relations (30 hour Teaching (2) Core)
Systematic examination of the basic concepts; contending theories in the study of international relations; power, conflict and accommodation; system theories; linkage politics; the theory of coalition and alliances; models, games and simulations.
POS 310: Politics of Development and Under-development (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The problems, crises and contradictions of development in the Third world and other peripheral formations; conceptual debates and nuances surrounding development; legacy of colonialism and the challenges of post-coloniality; the paradigms and theories that compete in the arena of explaining development; domestic and international contexts that frame issues of development in the Third world: and the salient issues in development; debt peonage; environment; gender; democracy and democratization; structural adjustment and market reforms and how these issues have shaped the discourse on development in Africa today.
POS 312: International Economic relations (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The economic bases of some of the actions and reactions in international trade, commercial policy, capital movement and implications for the distribution of power at national and international levels; the historical evolution of the global economy from mercantilism to the era of multilateral imperialism; the role of the Bretton Woods System; Islamic Development Bank; Multinational enterprises and national power; Underdevelopment and unequal exchange; the North/South relations; prospect for South-South relations, etc.
POS 314: Government and Administration of Urban System (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The concept of Urban governance and Administration; Urban planning; institutions in Urban Administration; Urban Social, Political Cultural settings; Urban Politics, Slumps poverty and violence and other Urban vices; urbanization in Nigeria (History events and problems); urban management (Service Provision, Congestion, Waste management, pollution etc); some case studies.
POS 316: Science, Technology and Politics (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
Analysis of the implication of scientific and technological developments for political theory and practice; the impact of these developments on the pattern of distribution of power and authority; relationship between science and technology the emergence or decline of social groups and classes; the implication of science and technological development for such issues as equality and liberty, political control, political socialization, and political participation; prospect for political institution building and adaptation; conflict management, norms and values, and integration, etc.
(g). 400 Level First Semester
POS 401: Governance and Conflict in Africa (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The interface between governance and conflict; the phenomenon of intra-state conflicts in the post-cold war period, the linkage between governance and conflict; theories of governance and conflict; typologies of conflict; the problem of internally displaced persons (IDPs): the impact of conflict on women and children; conflict resolution and conflict transformation.
POS 403: Military and Politics (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The historical, political, economic and sociological factors that explain the phenomenon of military intervention in the politics of developing societies; the interdependence of civil and military authorities; the military as the foundation of states; impact of social structures ethnic, class, etc. on military organizational procedures and behaviours; the problems of civilian control of the military, the role of armies in revolution, the phenomenon and definition of “military industrial complex” and the democratic control of military institution.
POS 405: Third World and Dependency (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The Challenges of development confronting Third World economics in the international economy; the key elements of the Third World crisis; the evolution of the world economy: the role of the Bretton woods institutions, foreign aid, debt peonage, north-south relations and south-south cooperation.
POS 407: Nigerian Foreign Policy (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
Key issues and challenges in the determination, formulation and execution of Nigeria’s foreign policy: the international setting of Nigeria’s foreign policy; Pressure groups; Domestic actors; consensus building process; the effects of the civil war on Nigeria’s foreign policy; the changing pattern of Nigeria’s nonaligned policy; Nigeria’s Pan Africa role; Nigeria’s neighbours and the wider African setting. These issues are examined across civilian and military regimes.
POS 409: Environmental Politics and Climate Change (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The course is designed to expose students to the contemporary issues of environment and climate change. The International dimension of climate change will also be examined and the management of climate related conflicts. The course will also cover; the nature of the environment, theories of environmental politics, international organization and climate change environmental policies in Nigeria, climate change and early warning systems among others. Also to be covered are: poverty and climate change, modernization and climate change, conflict and climate change as well as the examination and comparative analysis of the various environmental policies in Nigeria with other African.
POS 411: Development Administration (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The challenge of administration against the background of underdevelopment and the desire for change and development in Africa and other parts of the Third World; the meaning and machinery of development administration in terms of scope and objectives as reflected in the types of development planning; rural development and community development; and future trends in development administration with special reference to Nigeria.
POS 413: Electoral Democracy and administration of elections (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The place of elections in representative/liberal democracy; the institutional, legal and constitutional foundations of free, fair and credible elections; the conditions for free and fair elections with particular reference to the role of election management bodies; the design of electoral systems and modes of representation; debates on proportional representation; Gender equity and elections; election observation and monitoring; and issues of electoral justice and the reform of electoral systems.
POS 415: Public Finance Administration (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The evolution OF Nigeria Public Finance; Nigeria Budgets and the importance of Budget as instrument of planning and development; the role of budget as a means of determining politics, the course explores issues such as national income, tax structure and areas expenditure as they bear on economic decision making and action of budget administration. Some comparative examples are used to broaden students’ perspective.
POS 417: Politics of the Middle-East (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The socio-economic and structural basis of Middle-Eastern politics; history and development of international interests in the Middle East; problems and prospect for stability and development in the Middle- East; and the analysis of the peace process in the wake of the rapprochement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
POS 419: Politics of Globalization and Reforms (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The conceptual, historical, philosophical and theoretical issues in relation to the phenomenon of globalization; the linkages between globalization and the reform of economics and politics; SAP and market reforms in Africa; public sector reform and privatization; impact of economic and political reforms on democratization and development.
POS 421: Political Parties and Pressure Groups (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The history of emergence of political parties as a key institutional element of electoral/representative democracy; organizations of people and groups that constitute the domain of pressure groups and associational life; the nature, types and emergence of political parties and pressure groups; their aims, objectives and activities, particularly in the Nigerian system; the basis of their support ideologies and programmes; the relationship between party system, electoral systems and particular social structures; A comparative study of selected countries in advanced and transitional democracies to enrich students’ understanding of the importance of political parties and pressure groups as constituting the foundation of democracy
(h). 400 Level Second Semester
POS 402: Politics and Law in Africa (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The inter-relationships between law and politics in Nigeria and the political significance of the judicial processes in the colonial and independence; the concept of law: what it is, how law arises and how it becomes institutionalized; the judicial processes, especially the systems of criminal justice, which translates the abstract concerns of law into concrete institutions and policies; and the analysis of who benefits and who does not.
POS 404: State and Economy (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The reciprocal relationships between state and economy, and the mutual interaction between political and market determinations in defining the contours of development; key theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the state and the economy as separate, yet united moments of social realities and existence; the role of government in the management of modern economy with special reference to Nigeria and other African countries; the role of foreign capital in the domestic economy, the question of foreign aid, Indigenization, Privatization; the problems of development planning; balanced and even development including the implications for different social groups and classes; and the question of indigenization of the economy and self-reliance in relation to the problem of dependency on the international economic system.
POS 406: African Political Thought (45 hour Teaching (3) Core)
The development of modern Africa Political thoughts; works of major modern Africa thinkers (Nkrumah, Fanon, Cabral, etc.) and the nature of the relationship between ideas and the context they seek to both comprehend and transform.
POS 408: Research Project/ Original Essay (6) (Core)
The course is designed to encourage and enhance the capability of political science majors to conduct in-depth research and study of some specific areas of the discipline, e.g a period in the history of political ideas, some aspects of Nigeria political history and scene, issues in foreign relations and politics; problems of comparative politics, and relationships between economic system and politics.
POS 410: Nigeria Local Government (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The evolution of Local Government in Nigeria as a tier of government charged with the task of governance and service delivery at the grassroots level; Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR); Autonomy; the working of the Presidentialism, history of reforms, and the crisis of Governance and Accountability in the Local Government system in Nigeria.
POS 412: International Law and Organization (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The dynamics of the international system through the regulatory mechanism of legal norms and principles; the techniques of analyzing international relations by reference to conflict instigating device of international legal norms and principles; the meaning of international law; subjects of international law; objectives of international law and objectives of international law of the sea; principles of international law; self-defense; diplomatic immunity; use of force in international relations; self-determination; the relationship between international law and international organizations.
POS: 414: Political Sociology (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The relations between the political and social order; the problem of order; power in non-industrialized as well as industrialized societies; political socialization and the social order; specific issue such as corruption, ethnicity, ideology, national liberation, etc. and their impact on order.
POS 416: Inter Governmental Relations (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The meaning and scope of inter-governmental relations, with emphasis on the informal structures and processes of inter-governmental relations. Conflict and co-operations in inter-governmental relationship and their implication.
POS 418: International Politics of Mass Communication (45 hour Teaching (3) Elective)
The role of Mass Media in the society and its interaction with the political process and policy making in both domestic and international contexts; the important philosophical and theoretical issues in the development of mass communication; the impact of ownership structure; the role of technology in shaping the media and mass communication; the challenge of the existing international information order; and the role of the mass media in the management of diversity and conflict; the impact of the satellisation of mass media/mass communication, e.g. Cable News Network, (CNN) SKY Television, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Wide TV, etc. and the impact of Mass Communication technology in general on cultural, social and political life of developing countries.
List of Academic staff in Department of Political Science
B.Sc Hons (KSU), M.Sc, Ph.D (Nig.).
B.Sc. (Hon) (KSU), M.Sc. (UNILORIN), PGDE (NTI),
For further information, contact:
Department of Political Science
Federal University Lokoja
Lokoja, Kogi state
Contact number: +234-08074777131, 08100263208