B. Sc International Relations and Diplomacy




The International Relations programme is of great international relevance since its contents touch on virtually all facets of the contemporary international system. It is both theoretically and practically significant and useful to the modern man. Theoretically, the programme encapsulates array of pragmatic theories such as power theory, the realist theory, the linkage theory and the world systems theory all of which can be used to explain and predict present and future international issues, events and challenges. Practically, graduates of the programme have numerous employment opportunities. For example, they can be employed in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Organizations.


The philosophy underlying the B.Sc. International Relations Degree programme is to

produce competent and confident graduate whose minds are well developed and who are intellectually sound in the field of International Relations, 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 International Relations degree programme are to:

1. stimulate in students an appreciation of international relations theories and other tools of analysis, and their applications in different contexts at the national and international levels;

2. provide students with a broad and balanced knowledge and practical skills in

international relations;

3. develop in students the ability to apply their international relations theories, analytical tools, knowledge and skills to the solution of international problems;

4. produce students who have the competences in fieldwork, data collection as well as ability to analyse and present these in coherent form;

5. provide students with relevant knowledge and skills for further studies in international relations as a multi-disciplinary field of study; and

6. generate in students an appreciation of the importance of international relations in national- political, economic, and social development on the one hand and in the

maintenance of global peace and security on the other.

Unique Features

The following are the unique features of the programme:

1. teaching courses that broaden knowledge on regional and sub-regional socio-economic and political peculiarities;

2. teaching courses that highlight foreign policies of states;

3. developing and promoting knowledge that enhances understanding of how and why the foreign policies and behaviours of states vary from one to another; and

4. practical application of theories of international relations.


Admission requirements

For a four year-course:

In addition to UTME score, the candidate must have obtained five credit passes in SSC to include Mathematics, English Language, Government or History and other two subjects at not more than two sittings.

For the three- year programme: candidates shall possess five credit passes in the SSC, two of which must be at advanced level, provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. For emphasis credit passes in English Language, Mathematics and any of Government or History is compulsory.

Graduation requirements

To graduate, a candidate must have taken and passed all the core courses with a minimum of 120 units including the number of elective and GST courses that may be specified by the University.

Course Structure

100 Level

Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
GST 111 Communication Skills in English 2 C 15 45
GST 112 Nigerian Peoples and Culture 2 C 30  
IRS 102 Evolution of Contemporary International System 2 C 30  
IRS 104 The Rise of Nation States 2 C 60  
IRS 101 Ancestors of the Contemporary International System 2 C 60  
IRS 103 Introduction to African Politics 2 C 30  
IRS 105 History of Nigeria 2 C 30  
  Total 14      

200 Level

Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
GST 212 Philosophy,  Logic   and   Human Existence 2 C 30  
ENT 211 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2 C 30  
IRS 202 Structure of International Society 2 C 30  
IRS 204 Political Thought Plato-Machiavelli 2 C 30  
IRS 206 Foundation of Political Economy 2 C 30  
IRS 203 Introduction to Political analysis 2 C 30  
IRS 205 Political Thought Since Hobbes 2 C 30  
IRS 207 New States In World Politics 2 C 30  
SSC 202 Introduction to Computer and its Application 3 C 45  
  Total 19      

300 Level
Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
GST 312 Peace and Conflict Resolution 2 C 30  
ENT 312 Venture Creation 2 C 15 45
IRS 301 International Economic Relations 2 C 30  
IRS 303 The International Political System 2 C 30  
IRS 305 Law of Nations (International Law) 2 C 30  
IRS 307 Intentional Politics in the Post- Cold War Era 2 C 30  
IRS 311 Theory and Practice of Administration 2 C 30  
IRS 304 Diplomacy 2 C 30  
IRS 306 Logic and Methods of Political Inquiry 2 C 30  
IRS 308 International Politics of Africa 2 C 30  
IRS 310 Theories of International Relations 2 C 30  
IRS 312 Integration       Theories       and Regionalism 2 C 30  
SSC 301 Innovation in the Social Sciences 2 C 30  
SSC 302 Research Method I 2 C 30  
  Total 28      

400 Level

Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
IRS 402 Nigerian Foreign Policy 2 C 30  
IRS 404 Contemporary Strategic Studies 3 C 45  
IRS 406 International Institutions 2 C 30  
IRS 401 Foreign Policy Analysis 3 C 45  
IRS 403 Human Rights 3 C 45  
IRS 405 Foreign Policies of the Powers 2 C 30  
IRS 407 Research Project 6 C   270
SSC 401 Research Method II 2 C 30  
  Total 20