The Political Science degree programme is broadly designed to produce graduates who are adequately equipped with comparative knowledge of the nature, dynamics and problems of political systems, state, ideologies, governance, public policy processes and public administration, especially within the context of developing countries like Nigeria. As a major field of study, Political Science has other specialized branches that have developed into full- blown Departments and specializations such as International Relations, International Law and Diplomacy, Public Administration and Peace Studies. The National Universities Commission (NUC) has produced the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for Undergraduate Programmes in Nigerian Universities that guide Universities in mounting other degree programmes in the Social Sciences such as Political Science. The NUC has no BMAS for Political Science and Public Administration combined for which the Western Delta University awards a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree. In fact, the curriculum for the said programme is a B.Sc (Hons.) Political Science. It is hereby proposed that Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science, Public Administration and International Relations being introduced are in line with the respective BMAS as separate and distinct degree programmes.
The philosophy underpinning a degree in Political Science is to produce students with skills to enable them combine theory with practice in the interpretation and analysis of political, social and economic problems and proffering solutions to them in their immediate environment, at the national and global levels. They are problems that confront man, society and politics, military and governance, citizenship, ethnicity and race, local government administration, public finance and foreign policy.
Aims and Objectives
Specifically, the objectives of the programme are:
(i) To develop the students’ understanding and the requisite analytical skills to deal with the political and public administration problems of the Nigerian state and society;
(ii) To sharpen the students’ appreciation of the social factors which contribute to the use and abuse of political power;
(iii) To encourage the student to appreciate the values of the political culture of democracy and the salience for popular empowerment, national development and the resolution of societal conflicts;
(iv)To improve the students’ appreciation of the political, economic, cultural and other challenges which confront developing states as sectors in the international community and;
(v) To enable students pursue postgraduate degrees within the discipline and other related specializations.
The requirements for admission into the Department are as specified by the College. At least, five Credit Passes in SSCE by NECO and WAEC or GCE (O/L) or its equivalent or at least five Merit Passes in TC II. These must include English Language and Mathematics plus Government or History, and any Social Science subjects, of which the passes must have been obtained in not more than two examination sittings.