BSc Political Science & International Relations

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Political Science and International Relations as a course of study is highly relevant in contemporary globalised new world order.

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4 years

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Political Science and International Relations as a course of study is highly relevant in contemporary globalised new world order.

Political Science is the study of ‘power’ and power relations among men within the state and International system while International Relations is useful for understanding of relations among States and International Organisations, their interdependence and mutual co-existence.

Idris A. Hassan

(Political Science & International Relations, 200 Level)

'As someone who values the principles of a liberal arts education, I chose to study Political Science because it is a broad subject that overlaps with a lot of other social science courses like Economics, History, Gender Studies, and many others. So far, studying Political Science at Nile University has been everything I looked forward to in terms of a general knowledge base.

At Nile University you get more understanding and empowerment than an average person. Reach one, teach one, save one.'


You will study the following modules:

Year 1 Units

First Semester

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Nigerian Constitutional
  • Nigerian Legal System
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • People & Culture of Nigeria
  • Use of English I
  • Language Studies (French, Turkish, Arabic, Hausa)
  • IT and Library Skills
  • Introduction to Business

Second Semester

  • Organization of Government: Citizen & the State
  • Introduction to African Politics
  • Nigerian Legal System II
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Logic, Philosophy & Human Existence
  • Use of English II
  • Language Studies (French, Turkish, Arabic, Hausa
  • Literary Studies I

Year 2 Units

First Semester

  • Introduction to Statistics I
  • Principles of Economics
  • Entrepreneurship I
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Analysis
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Nigerian Government and Politics I
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

Second Semester

  • Principles of Economics II
  • Introduction to statistics II
  • Moral Reasoning & Ethics
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Foundation of Political Economy
  • Nigeria Government and Politics II
  • Political Ideas
  • Introduction to Local Government
  • Political Sociology

Year 3 Units

First Semester

  • Entrepreneurship II
  • History of Political Thought I
  • Logic and Methods of Political Enquiry
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Politics of Development and Underdevelopment
  • The Methodology of Comparative Politics
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Politics of International Economic Relations

Second Semester

  • Comparative Federalism
  • Contemporary Political Analysis
  • History of Political Thought II
  • Political Behaviour
  • Research Methods
  • Theory and Practice of Administration
  • Theory and Practice of Marxism

Year 4 Units

First Semester

  • Development Administration
  • Civil – Military Relations
  • Third World and Dependency
  • Public Finance Administration
  • Nigerian Local
  • Nigerian Foreign Policy
  • International Law and Organization

Second Semester

  • State and Economy
  • Revolution and Society
  • Politics of Inter-governmental
  • Political Parties and Pressure
  • Politics & Law in Africa
  • Research Project

The course is designed to introduce students to different aspect of political science, nature and concept involved. Like Aristotle said “man is a political animal” Political scientists study that political Animal

Course Lecturer at Nile University


Additional Information

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:


* Must have at least 5 O’level credits, including English, in no more than 2 sittings.

** For complete requirements, please check the 2019/2020 Jamb Brochure.

  • DIRECT ENTRY: Available
  • UTME SUBJECTS: Government/History and any two Arts or Social Science subjects.
  • O’LEVEL SUBJECTS: Government/History and any three Arts or Social Science subjects

How will I be taught?

The course will feature classroom discussions, assignments, group projects, case studies, lectures, questions and exercises from textbook, power point presentations, student experiences and responses. Lectures and Seminars will be used to teach the students and educative excursions to National Assembly to observe proceedings at Senate plenary.

Career support

In the end, graduates of this department have the career opportunities of working as consultants on political issues, advisers to political leaders, and would have the skills to take leading roles in political effort to maintain democracy and peace. They also have skills required for careers in Public Service, Ministries and Government agencies. The graduates also have the comprehensive knowledge and diverse skills to work in international governmental and non-governmental organizations, academia, foreign affairs offices or embassies, political parties, the Parliament and other social or political movements. They can also work as administrative officers or managers in both business and public organizations.

Further Study

  • PGD International Relations and Diplomacy
  • PDG Peace, Conflict and Strategic Studies
  • MSc. International Relations and Diplomacy
  • MSc. Peace, Conflict and Strategic Studies
  • PHD Political Science

Fees and Finance

In 2019/20 the full-time tuition fee undergraduate students on this course will be N2,400,000 (this is the total fee for the programme).  

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance please see link Fees and Finance 

Sectoral Advisory Board

The Sectoral Advisory Board (SAB) was formed with the goal of creating a bridge between industry (private/public and national/international institutions) and academics considering the latest requirements of the industry and incorporating necessary components in the curriculum regarding overall development of the department.

Main Objectives of the SAB:

1- Development of 

a) Curriculum of the department 
b) Syllabus of the courses in the department
c) Institutional relationships

2- Increase the potential of

a) Internship
b) Scholarship 
c) Sponsorship

Roles and Responsibilities of the SAB:  
The roles and responsibilities of SAB are as follows:
The SAB develops and recommends new or revised programme goals and objectives.
The Sectoral of "X" Advisory Board advises the department head on matters related to undergraduate, postgraduate, research and outreach programs, including but not limited to curricula, accreditation, new programs, recruitment of students and faculty, and investment of resources. 


Structure of the SAB:

The SAB is composed of members from eminent institutions as well as members from industry and members of faculty of the department. The chairman of the Board is the head of the department.
The Board meets twice per academic year.

Members of the SAB:
The current members of the Sectoral Advisory Board are:





Juwon Abosede

Federal Ministry of Education Hqrs Abuja


Khadija Liman

Federal Ministry of Education Hqrs Abuja


Chubado Tijjani Babbi



Chukwuemeka Okoli

Doctors of the world


Mrs. Ibrahim Bolanle

Nile University of Nigeria


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