Department of Political Science
The philosophy and mission of B.Sc. Political Science programme is to produce graduates with a critical mind, requisite ability and skill to analyze, comprehend, predict and influence the factors that shape and mould power relationships in an ever-changing socio-political environment in a globalizing world.
- To provide training in the principles of political science and their application to the type of degree programme concerned – political economy, public administration or international relations.
- Stimulate the students intellectually through the programme, in such a way that they appreciate social 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 and competency that would allow them to be self-reliant and entrepreneurial.
- Provide the students with the necessary skills for studying and analyzing society.
- Provide the students with the skill-base from which they can proceed to higher studies in political science.
- Students who can carry out fieldwork, collect data and analyze these in a coherent manner, as well as engage in comparative analysis of one political system with others.
- 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.
The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Political Science is designed to provide students with a firm and Professional grasp of their area of study and to give them a broad intellectual background in their discipline. A student of political science training should be competent in the general and specific intellectual skills including literary information processing skills; interpersonal skills such as communication skills; conceptual framework skills that help in good decision-making; competence in the use of Information Technology; subject-specific and transferable skills which allows for the pursuit of a wide range of careers after graduation; a reasonable level of competence in statistical and quantitative methods.
Therefore, a graduate of Political Science who has achieved the threshold level at the end of the four (4) year programme, should be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of political science principles and concepts;
- Knowledge of political science theory;
- Knowledge of appropriate research methods;
- Reasonable and appropriate computing skills;
- Knowledge of political science data and the appropriate methodology for analyzing them;
- General knowledge in critical areas of political science;
- Creativity in appreciating socio-economic and political problem, because social problems can usually be solved in a variety of ways; and
- Apply critical Political Science reasoning to problem-solving, etc.
There are two levels of admission into the Political Science Programme: – UTME and Direct Entry.
Candidates for admission into the four (4) year degree programme should possess a Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE); (NECO and/or WAEC), or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or their equivalents, with at least five (5) credit passes obtained in not more than two sittings of which three must be Government and/or History, plus English Language and Mathematics. An acceptable UTME score is also required.
Candidates for direct entry into the degree programme in Political Science should possess Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE); (NECO and/or WAEC) or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or their equivalents, three of which shall include Government and/or History, English Language and Mathematics. In addition, candidates must possess credit passes in three (3) relevant subjects at the advanced level in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or its equivalent.
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