B. Sc Peace and Conflict Resolution


Peace Studies deals with the study of the different strategies and dynamics that bring about peaceful and progressive co-existence between human beings. Conflict resolution is the way irreconcilable differences between parties with conflicting interests can be resolved in a scientific win-win manner. In the recent literature, Conflict Resolution is part and parcel of Peace Studies. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution are interwoven in addressing progressively dysfunctional issues that affect nations and other social categories and bringing them to a reasonable agreement. The study of Peace and Conflict and other related courses in an academic setting is now a sine qua non in all the countries of the world because of the recent unprecedented level of insecurity bedevilling countries all over the world. Peace and Conflict Resolution as a discipline equips students with the techniques for building sustainable peace. The discipline is critical for Africa, in general, and Nigeria, in particular, as incessant conflicts have stifled development strides. A graduate of the programme can work in, among other areas, the academia, administration in institutions, diplomatic missions, the UN and regional organisations, international organisations and donor agencies.


The philosophy underlying the B.Sc. (Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution) programme is to produce a crop of graduates equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills to make their contribution to the development of Nigeria, Africa and the global community in the field of Social Sciences, in general, and in the various sub-fields of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, in particular. In addition, the course will produce students and experts in the physical resolution of conflicts and crisis management in the ever-challenged societies of Nigeria and the global world.


The objectives of the Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution programme are to:

1. instill in students a sound knowledge of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and appreciation of its applications in different socio-cultural contexts;

2. provide students with broad and well-balanced theories and methods in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution;

3. inculcate in students the ability to apply their knowledge and skills on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution to the understanding and solution of societal problems in Nigeria and elsewhere through information synthesis, conflict analyses and logical reasoning;

4. provide students with a relevant knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in special areas of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution or multidisciplinary areas involving Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution;

5. instill in students an appreciation of the importance of Peace Studies and Conflict

Resolution in contemporary national and global affairs;

6. provide students with relevant research skills in the area of peace studies and conflict resolution;

7. provide the students the knowledge, rudiments and application of the theories and thought classes for community usage; and 1368. develop in students a range of useful competencies for employment whether public,

private or self-employment.

Employability Skills

Due to the current unprecedented level of conflict in all the regions of the world, well-educated and well-groomed first degree holders of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution will have no serious problem in getting employment. Where they do not get employed, they can easily turn their learned mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, conflict reporting, and other peace research skills to money-making ventures entrepreneurially. A graduate of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution has, among others, the following employability skills:

1. teaching Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution or a section of it in an academic


2. consulting for Donor Agencies on matters of deployment of fund and support to conflict zones;

3. designing and conducting research for clients (public and private institutions) in the area of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution;

4. working as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or in foreign missions;

5. working as Special Assistant or Special Adviser to government at all levels on security and conflict resolution;

6. engaging in consultancy services for international and regional organisations on conflict and security; and

7. serving as a resource person or facilitator on security, peaceful co-existence and conflict resolution training.

Admission requirements

For a four-year programme:

In addition to UTME score the candidate should possess a Senior School Certificate with at least five credit passes including Mathematics, English, Economics and Government/History, obtained at not more than two sittings.

For the three-year programme: Candidates shall possess five credits in SSC, two of which must be at Advanced Level, provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examination. For emphasis, English, Mathematics and Economics are required at credit passes.

Graduation requirements To obtain a B.Sc. in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, the candidate must satisfy all the requirements spelt out in the CCMAS for Social Science discipline.

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  
PCR 101 Introduction to Peace Studies 2 C 30  
PCR 103 Introduction to Psychology 2 C 30  
PCR 105 Introduction to Political Science 2 C 30  
PCR 102 Socio- cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution 2 C 30  
PCR 104 Introduction to the 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  
SSC 202 Introduction to Computer and its Application 3 C 45  
PCR 201 Fundamental Human Rights in Peace and Conflicts 2 C 30  
PCR 203 Peace Keeping and Conflict Resolution 2 C 30  
PCR 205 International Politics of the Environment 2 C 30  
PCR 207 Culture, Values and Conflicts in Nigeria 2 C 30  
PCR 202 International Organisations and Conflict Resolution 2 C 30  
PCR 204 Social Alternatives 2 C 3  
PCR 206 Globalisation and Equity 2 C 30  
  Total 21      
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
SSC 301 Innovation in the Social Sciences 2 C 30  
SSC 302 Research Method I 2 C 30  
PCR 301 Terrorism and Global Conflicts 2 C 30  
PCR 303 Resource Access and Conflicts 2 C 30  
PCR 305 International Systems of Peace and Conflict Management 2 C 30  
PCR 307 Military Interventions and Conflict 2 C 30  
PCR 309 Peace Building, Monitoring and Evaluation 2 C 30  
PCR 302 The Media, Information Management and Conflicts 2 C 30  
PCR 304 Research Methods 2 C 30  
PCR 306 Cultism, Substance Abuse and Conflicts 2 C 30  
PCR 308 Gender in War and Peace 2 C 30  
PCR 321 Internship 2 C 30  
  Total 28      

400 Level

Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
SSC 401 Research Method II 2 C 30  
PCR 401 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 2 C 30  
PCR 403 Weapons Proliferation and Conflicts 3 C 45  
PCR 405 War and Society in the Middle East 3 C 45  
PCR 402 Conflict Modelling and Peace Building 3 C 45  
PCR 404 The Nigerian Civil War 2 C 30  
PCR 499 Research Project 6 C   270
  Total 21