The Political Science Degree Programme offers courses in key areas of Political Economy, Public Administration, Comparative Politics, Federalism, Nigerian Politics and Civil-Military Relations, Democracy and Civil Society, Legislative Process, Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism among others. In International Relations, such courses as Theories of International Relations, International Politics, International Economic Relations, Theories of War and Peace, International Peace Keeping, Nigerian Foreign Policy, International Institutions, Political Economy, among other courses, are offered. For Policy and Strategic Studies, the modules centre on core issues of Leadership, Governance, Ethics, Management, Accountability and Development. The programme also addresses the key areas of Wars, Conflicts, Interest Group and Global Terrorism. At the 100 and 200 Levels, which are the foundational levels, students of the four programmes take the same courses so as to effectively acquire the skills and method of the study of Politics, which is the mother course of all the four disciplines.
The Department of Political Science and International Relations is committed to the overall University goal of becoming a world-class institution focused on raising a new generation of leaders.
Our programmes are centred on the core issues of development, specifically the need to liberate the African continent and Diaspora from all vestiges of social, economic and political underdevelopment. Currently, we are driven by the principles of DRV ‘Distinction, Relevance and Visibility”.
As a strategic component of the University’s global mandate, our discipline aims at producing the Total Graduate, who will be productively engaged to a decent life, through a dynamic and proactive curriculum base that addresses the peculiarities of our national endeavours and aspirations. Consequently, the Department is fully committed to adding to the manpower base of the nation in particular and the world in general, graduates who are mentally resourceful, intellectually equipped, entrepreneurially self-dependent, visionary and sensitive to the need for changes in the local and international arena of politics and governance; men and women who are skilled and experienced in addressing the current and future challenges of the global political economy, issues pertinent to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Nation’s Vision 20-2020. These issues have manifested among others, in leadership failure, unemployment, hunger, illiteracy, a poor health care system, conflicts and wars.
The underlying philosophy of the Programmes in the Department of Political Science and International Relations is that of producing competent and confident graduates whose minds are well developed and who are intellectually sound in the various sub-fields of Policy and Strategic Studies, Political Science and International Relations and Public administration; and who can make meaningful contributions to the political and socio-economic development of Nigeria, Africa and indeed the entire world.
The Objectives of the Department of Political Science and International Relations are to:
- provide a sound knowledge of concepts, theories and issues in the various disciplines of the Department, namely, Policy and Strategic Studies, Political Science and International Relations; and Public Administration.
- provide knowledge and skills needed for the understanding and analysis of political, social and economic activities at both national and international levels;
- contribute through research to theoretical development in the various disciplines and provide policy-oriented solutions to the challenges of governance at both national and international levels;
- produce versatile graduates who can meet the challenges of self-employment as well as employees of private and public institutions/establishments.
The Programmes in the Department are designed to give students a firm academic and professional grasp in their area of study and to afford them a broad intellectual background in their discipline. These areas of an academic discipline will go a long way in equipping the students to scientifically appraise problems affecting society as well as offer appropriate solutions to them.
The general requirements for admission into any of the three Programmes of the Department are the same as those for entry into Covenant University. However, candidates must, in addition, take note of the various requirements for the Programmes in the Department. Candidates must possess O/L, SSCE/GCE/NECO credit passes in at least five (5) subjects at not more than two sittings, including Mathematics, English Language, Economics, Government or History and one other subject.