History and International Studies Course Descriptions

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

YEAR ONE

HIS 101:         Introduction to History                             2 Credits  

An exposition of history as the basis of all disciplines. The relationship of history with other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The subject matter (what history is) nature and principles of history: the uses of history.

 

HIS 102:         Introduction to International Studies      2 Credits

This course seeks to introduce students to the issues in international studies. It covers the following; the meaning of international relations; meaning and determinants of foreign policy. Features that distinguish foreign policies from domestic or government policies and the history of, and approaches to the study of the international relations.

 

HIS 111:         Nigeria 1000 To 18000 AD                        3 Credits

This course evaluates the various Nigerian peoples and their cultures up to 1800. It will highlight historical developments in the Nigerian regions within the period of study, including state formation and inter-group relations in the areas of political, economic and socio-cultural activities.

 

HIS 121:         Africa from 1500-1800                              3 Credits

An examination of the cultural achievements and the problems of the various peoples of Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern regions of Africa within the period of study. The internal and external dynamics and factors of change and the reactions to such changes in these regions of Africa.

 

HIS 104:         Blacks in Diaspora                                     3 Credits

A historical study of the Black communities found in areas outside Africa, especially in the new World (America). The origin of the Diaspora. The nature of the black peoples interactions and experiences in the Diaspora, with particular references to race relations. The social, economic, cultural and intellectual contribution of blacks to world civilization and development. The underlying cultural unity or similarity among the black peoples. The role of the black in contemporary world affairs.

 

HIS 105:         Introduction to Economic History            2 Credits

The relevance of economic motivation or interest and economic explanation in general political and socio-cultural historical activities and developments.

 

HIS 122:         West Africa from 1800 – Present             3 Credits

A survey of the historical developments and experiences of the various West African Kingdoms and Empires. The internal factors of change in these Kingdoms and empires, particularly in the area of politics, agriculture, industry, trade and inter-group relations. External influences and factors of change including trade particularly the slave trade, imposition of colonial rule, struggle for in dependence and current efforts for survival.

 

HIS 123:         North Africa From The First Conquest of Egypt To 1800 AD                                                 3 Credits

A general survey of North Africa with focus on its relations with the Levant, the occupation of Egypt by foreign power including, Nubia, Greeks Romans and the Arabs. The spread of Islam in the region of North Africa. The states of North Africa and their relations with West Africa as well as the European nations’ activities in the region will be examined.

 

HIS 131:         Europe to the Age of Revolutions             3 Credits

A survey of European history with emphasis on such Fundamental Developments as economic and social intuitions, feudalism, the Renaissance, the reformation in the Christian church, the rise of the Age of discoveries, mercantilism, the New Scientific discoveries and views of the world. Enlightenment as well as the French and American revolutions.

 

HIS 161: Fundamentals of International Studies            2 Credits

This course seeks to expose the student to the origins and basic Principles underlying international relations. It studies the following Theories –systems theory, Functional theory, and decision-making theory, simulation and game theories- as tools for analyzing international relations. These theories should be related to past developments and current events in the international system.

HIS 162:         Evolution of Diplomacy                             2 Credits

This course traces the evolution of contemporary world system from the Peace Treaty of Westphalia through Congress of Vienna to the formation of the UN principles and issues like Balance of Power, sovereignty, major powers and non-interference in Internal Affairs of sovereign states, national interest as a tool foreign policy formulation, international moral obligation to fight crime against humanity or oppose illegitimate rulers visa-the Principles of non-interference, should be examined.

 

YEAR TWO

HIS 201:         Introduction to Archaeology                     2 Credits

A general study of the meaning and development of archaeology. The methods of archaeology with special focus on the general principles and techniques of archaeology,; relationship between archaeology and other disciplines artifacts and their classification, Museums study etc.

 

HIS 211:         Nigeria from 1800-1900                             2 Credits

A survey of the main trends in the political economic and social developments in Nigeria communities and the major stimuli responsible for such developments from 1800-1900 AD. The internal and external factors which brought the Nigeria communities into a nation state and the beginnings of European presence in Nigeria.

 

HIS 212:         Constitutional Development ff Nigeria    2 Credits

This course examines the various constitutional arrangements through which Nigeria emerged as an independent nation. It further analysis the various changes modification and amendments in the constitution since independence and finally makes a critique of the Decrees enacted by military as instruments of governance.

 

HIS 221:         The History of East and Central Africa Since 1800 AD                                                2 Credits

The course analyses the internal and external factors of warfare, conquests and trade in the region. The Arabs, Europeans, and colonialism/imperialism in the area. Independence movements, regional organizations and the struggle for survival.

HIS 231:         History of Russia: 1800 – 1917                  2 Credits

The course studies the reforms embarked upon by the 19th century leaders of Russia, Russian relation with other European nations. The Russo/Japanese war, the 1905 revolution and finally the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

 

HIS 241:         History of America Since 1865                  2 Credits      

General examination of the history of America with civil war as the background. Post civil war reconstruction, industrial growth, political and economic developments within America, the march from isolation to participation in global affairs; America and the world wars, Internal reforms –The  New Deal; America and the Cold War; the collapse of the Cold War and America hegemony, Americas war against terrorism.

 

HIS 261: International Institutions/Organizations        2 Credits

The genesis and antecedents of International Organizations, the Vienna Congress, the League of Nations; the UNO, OAS EEC/EU, the OAU/AU. ECOWAS, EAC, Arab league etc.

 

HIS 262:         International Law And Diplomacy in the 19th Century                                                 2 Credits

An examination of the emergence of nation states in Europe and the growth of diplomatic inter course. The course will also consider Diplomacy and the emergence of international law. Issues to be considered include, inter alia, the Holy Alliance, Vienna Congress 1815, Aix-la Chappell Congress 1818, the Hague system, the Concert of Europe, Congress of Berlin, colonialism, trade and diplomatic theories.

 

HIS 213:         Archaeology of Nigeria                     2 Credits

The study will focus on major archaeology execration in Nigeria e.g. NOK, Benin, Ife, Igbo-Ukwu etc.

 

 

 

HIS 214:         Economic History of Nigeria Since the 19th Century                                                                              2 Credits

A general survey of the main economic activities and developments in Nigeria in the period under study with emphasis on the internal and external factors of demand and supply and the external influences deriving from industrial revolution and the activities of the Europeans. The nature and pattern of trade and link between  economic and political activities and development. Post independence economic issues in Nigerian; the indigenization policy the oil boom, Nigeria and OPEC; the Austerity measures; the introduction of SAP; an assessment of various economic programmes. NDE, DFFRI, Better life, Poverty Alleviation/Eradication programmes, graft and corruption in Nigeria.

 

HIS 215: Igboland from the Earliest Times to 1900      2 Credits

This course examines the origin of the Igbo and their socio-economic and political organization up to 1900; the early European presence as traders, missionaries etc.

 

HIS 222:         Southern Africa Since 1800 AD              2 Credits

A survey of the internal developments in the region of Southern Africa during the period under survey. The initial relations between the White settlers and Africans in the area; the Anglo-Boer war, the Great Trek and Mineral revolution in the region. Racial discrimination and apartheid; Relations between South Africa and other countries in the region the struggles for Black majority rule and the current struggle for survival.

 

HIS 232:         Europe from the French Revolution to World War II (1798-1945)                              2 Credits

A general survey of European history from the French Revolution to the Second World War. Important topics include; the French Revolution; the Napoleonic wars; the congress of Vienna, Revolutions and counter-revolution in Europe. Unification of Italy; the unification of Germany, World War I and World War II.

 

 

HIS 242:         Themes in Latin America and the Caribbean  History                                                  2 Credits

This course centers on aspects of the political, social and economic history of the Latin America and Caribbean regions from 15th century to the present, but with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. In examining the inter-relationship between the various peoples who came to inhabit the countries of the region; the course will cover such topics as; society and culture in the pre-colonial era; Spanish conquest and colonization; inter-European rivalry; the ecomienda system, plantation society and slavery; the Haitian revolution, independence movement, the decline of Europe and rise of the USA  in the Americas; nation-building processes, regional integration; and modern political parties and military regimes.

 

HIS 223:         Africa and European Imperialism           2 Credits

A general survey of internal and external developments and dynamics that prepared settling both Europe and Africa for European imperialism in Africa. The impact of imperialism on Africa, etc.

 

HIS 263:         Issues in Strategic Studies                         2 Credits

This course introduces students to some of the arguments over the historical origins of strategy, analysis of the economic, psychological and military dimension of strategy. Students will also be exposed to some of the major economic, political, environmental and military theories of strategy as propounded by such early thinkers in the field as Cannibal, Carl Von Clause witz, Otto Von Bismarck, Von Moke etc.

 

YEAR THREE

HIS 301:         Philosophy of History                                2 Credits

The course examines the nature of history, its development as a discipline and relevance to the society.

 

HIS 302:         History of the Commonwealth                  2 Credits

The origins and evolution of the Commonwealth; the statute of Westminster, the emergency of a multi-racial Commonwealth and post 1954 developments. The nature of relations amongst the member’s countries of the Commonwealth; problems and prospects of the Commonwealth. The commonwealth today.

 

HIS 311:         History of Nigeria from 1900-1970           2 Credits

A survey of the main trends in the political, economic and social development in Nigeria during the period of British colonial rule, both as a unifying and divisive force in Nigerian history, the collapse of the indigenous state systems; administrative and constitutional developments in Nigeria. Efforts at the decolonization of Nigeria; The problems of nation building that led to the Nigerian crisis and civil war; and the course of the war.

 

HIS 303: Comparative Industrial Growth and Development of

    USA; Britain and Japan                                   2 Credits

This course examines the different approaches adopted by various industrial powers of the world, against their different background and setting to achieve industrial development. The third world countries can see these approaches examples for their own industrial development.

 

HIS 331:USSR Politics and Diplomacy Since 1917        2 Credits

A survey of the political, economic and social-cultural history of the Soviet Union since 1917. The following issues will be highlighted; Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution; the civil war (1919-20), the NEP and Stalin’s five-year collectivization. Soviet union in the W.W.II the emergence of the Soviet Union as a major world power, the cold war And its challenges the collapse of Soviet Union and effort of the federating states of the union to attain independence reaction to diplomatic incursion of the USA Republic.

 

HIS 341: American  Diplomacy in the 20th Century      2 Credits

This course seeks to expose students to the hegemonic exploits of America in the 20th century. It examines the various role of the U.S. in international stability and disorder. Such roles include her contribution to the establishment of modern international organization like the League of Nations, the U.N, The I.M.F, I.B.R.D, I.F.C, and the adventures in Vietnam and operation Desert Storm on Iraq. Other areas considered in the course are the US role in the cold war Diplomacy and post cold war era.

 

HIS 351: Contemporary History of the Middle East   2 Credits

The major crises in the Middle East since European nations’ colonization of the area; The Arab Israeli war; the relations between the Arab nations, the politics of oil, the Palestinians question and the Gulf crises-The Iraqi war and the U.N weapon inspection team.

HIS 312:         Nigerians Foreign Policy                          2 Credits

This course seeks to expose students to the underlying principles of Nigerians foreign policy.  It will also address the major issues on the manner Nigeria relates with other nations and the way it prosecutes its interest in the international system. Finally, it takes a historical over view of the strides and strands in Nigeria foreign policy.

 

HIS 321:         Problems and Prospects of Regional Economic Development in West Africa             2 Credits

This course examines the features of the Economy of the West African sub region; and challenges of development. In further examines the various organizations in West Africa, which have been set up by joint effort the states in the sub region to facilitate economic development. The problems and prospects of such efforts are also highlighted.

 

HIS 322:         Islam in West Africa                                  2 Credits

A study of the state and stages of development of Islam in West Africa with particular reference to the role of alien traders, the rulers and militant scholars and the masses in the propagation of the religion Islamic revolutions in West Africa, Islam during colonial rule and post independent periods, the present challenges of the religion.

HIS 324:         Economic History of the USA Since the 19th Century                                                    2 Credits

A survey of economic development in the USA  with focus on issues as, the civil war and post war Reconstruction programme, the railroad system and the process of industrialization in the later 19th century; graft and corruption in American society Americans economic imperialism. The problem of Labour, Post World War I and II economic problems, etc.

 

HIS 323:         Africa and the Outside World                 2 Credits

A discussion on the participation and colonization of Africa, Independence movements in Africa. Africa in the 1st and 2nd  World Wars post 1945 international structure and ideologies. Africa and Black in Diaspora; Africa and western Europe, the soviet union Asia, the middle East and the UNO finally, globalization and Africa.

 

HIS 361:         East/West Relations Since 1945                2 Credits

This is essentially a history of the Cold War. The emphasis should not be on the relations between the two-powers, but between the entire Western alliance and Eastern alliance. The role of communist China, Cuba and the Third World in the relation between the two blocs should be treated.

 

HIS 362:  Strategic Issues Since the 20th Century           2 Credits

This course is designed to expose students to events and issues since the 20th centuries that are of strategic relevance. Emphasis will be placed on the contribution of modern thinkers in the field to the growth of the subject matter. Such thinkers include Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Alfred Mahan, Thomas Shelling ‘Robert Mc Namara etc. Students will also be exposed to such modern concepts and theories like Games theory, theory of Conflict and Conflict Resolution, theories of War and Peace, concept and Calue of Deterrence, Strategic Planning, Defense policies; foreign policy analysis and the Role of science and technology on strategic thinking and planning. In addition, some attempts will be made to apply the various theories to selected case studies on a worldwide basis.

 

HIS 371:         Research Techniques and Methods          2 Credits

A critical analysis of source materials for writing and studying history. Source materials, methods and approaches of historical exposition with particular attention to practical exposure to research in history, the Archives and fieldwork for the collection of oral tradition. Methods of collecting, analyzing evaluating and documenting historical data.

 

HIS 304: Capitalism, Communism and Mixed Economy                                                                                                       2Credits

An analysis of the three types of economic system, viz capitalism, communism and mixed economy, explanation of the modes of production and distribution as well as the problems associated with each type.

 

HIS 325:         Problem and Issues in African Historiography                                                                                                 2 Credits

This course examines the various ramification of historiography-the meaning of history to the African; written and non-written on African by history such as early writings on African by Arabic and European sources; Archaeology, Anthropology, ethnography and linguistics; Inter-disciplinary approach to study of African history and politics.

 

HIS 352:         Japan from the Tokugawa to the Meji Restoration                                                        2 Credits

An Examination of the early history of Japan up to the era of Emperor Meiji, 1868-1912.

 

HIS 41:                       Nigeria Since 1970                         3 Credits

A study of contemporary political and socio-cultural development in Nigeria since the end of the Civil War. Post civil war Reconstruction and administration, the oil boom, military intervention and the collage of the Second Republic, Economic depression and the introduction of SAP the transition programme and the annulled election of June 12, 1993. The Abacha regime; the return  to civil rule.

 

HIS 421          Christinity in West Africa                         3 Credits

An examination of the history of Christianity in West African. To be highlighted include the origins of Christianity and its earliest Introduction to African from Europe. The  advent of Christianity in West African: the rise of indigenous churches in W/African; the role of the Christian missions in bringing about political, economic and social changes; problems and consequences of the interaction between Christianity and African values. The rise of Pentecostal movement in contemporary West African.

 

HIS 422:         The Military in African Politics                3 Credits          

An analyses of the incursion of the military into the polities of African states, its socio-economic and political consequences. Ways of forestalling such incursion, an analysis of the classical view of military rule as an aberration; the military and nation building in Africa.

HIS 423: A.U (African Union): A Study of International

                                                                                           3 Credits

The course deals with the origins of OAU, emergence, organization and the roles of OAU at various levels. The problems of the organization since inception; its transformation into A.U; the present and future challenges.

 

HIS 401:  Evolutions of Modern Forms of Government  

                     3 Credits

An examination of the origins of modern forms of Government e.g. parliamentary, as it is practiced in Britain and France, and presidential system as it is practiced in USA and some African countries.

 

HIS 424:         Modern African Political Thought           2 Credits

An examination of the origins, influences of, and the contents of modern African political thoughts through their selected exponents.

 

HIS 425: Land and Labour in Africa (1850-1950)        2 Credits

An analysis  of land labour as factors of production in the economics of African societies since the European commercial and imperial interests in Africa. The settler and non-settler colonies; the plantation economy; colonial policies on land and labour and Africans reactions to them.

 

HIS 412:         The Igbo Since the 20th Century               3 Credits

The political, economic and social conditions in Igbo society in the 20th century, Igbo and colonial rule. Conquests, reactions and changes; Igbo and the advent of Christianity; Western economic presence, problem of adjustment to these influences; continuity and change in Igbo culture; the Igbo in Nigerian politics and economy.

 

HIS 426: Nationalism and Nation Building in Africa    3 Credits

An examination of the origin and manifestation of modern nationalism in Africa before 1914: General features and peculiarities of selected areas. Post 1914 African nationalism; its objectives, methods, manifestation achievements and failures: the attainment of independence the nature of post independent nationalism. Nation building: problems, prospects and challenges.

HIS 402:  War and Peace in The 20th Century                3 Credits

General perspective on the causes of War and need for peace. War in modern society-first and 2nd World Wars, the cold war and Arms race. Major world crises including those of Southern Africa, Vietnam and Middle East. The role of international organizations like the League of Nations and the United Nations in the resolution of such issues.

 

HIS 461: Foreign Policies of the Major World Powers  3 Credits

An examination of the foreign policies of the major powers viz, US., USSR, Britain, France and China within the context of world politics since W.W. II.

 

HIS 481:         Project Reports                                          6 Credits