Post UTME Syllabus in Government

This is complete Post UTME Syllabus in Government for candidates who are writing post utme exam this year in various universities. So, if you are preparing for post utme exam, it’s important that you follow this syllabus while you are reading. Try as much as possible to cover it with text books and post utme past questions.

Objective of Post UTME Syllabus in Government

The main objective of the syllabus is to introduce students to the basic concepts in government. In pursuance of this, issues such as politics, governance forms of human polity, political participation, political ideologies, institutions and organs of governance including international relations would be studied. Students will also be introduced to the nature and character of the Nigerian State and the different stages of its constitution development. The aim is to sufficiently update students’ knowledge on the fundamentals of government and thus prepare them adequately for the University undergraduate programme.

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  1. Politics and Governance
  2. Meaning of Politics
  3. The Basic Characteristics of Politics in Human Societies
  4. Meaning of Political Science
  5. The Basic Concerns and Contemporary Status of Political Science
  6. The Methods of the Discipline

Development and Forms of Human Polity

  1. Definition of Nation, State, Political System and Sovereignty
  2. Governmental Models
  3. Forms of State

Political Participation

  1. Political Parties
  2. Interest Groups
  3. Civil society

Political Ideologies

  1. Human Rights
  2. Political Violence
  3. Mutual Impact of Political Economic Processes

Institutions and Processes of Governance

  1. Constitutions
  2. Power, Authority, Influence, Sovereignty
  3. Making and Implementation of Laws
  4. Electoral Process and Political Change

International Relations

  1. International Organizations
  2. Globalisation

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Background Study on the Nigerian State

a. The Socio-Economic and Political Character of the Nigerian State

b. The Nature and Character of the System of Government which the British introduced,

Structure of the Colonial Government

  1. The Basic Dynamics of Colonial Rule
  2. The Social and Economic Order under Colonialism
  3. The Inherent Contradictions of Colonialism

Constitutional Development 1900-1 958

  1. The Nigerian Council
  2. Clifford Constitution
  3. Richard Constitution
  4. Macpherson Constitution
  5. Lyttleton Constitution
  6. 1953/1954 Constitutional Conference
  7. 1957/1958 Constitutional Conference

Nationalist Movements

  1. Traditional Nationalism
  2. Modern Nationalism
  3. The Factors that contributed to increase the tempo of Nationalism
  4. Strategies/Tactics of the Nationalist Movements.

The Independence and Republican Constitutions

  1. The 1960 Independence Constitution
  2. The 1963 Republican Constitution
  3. The President of the Republic
  4. The Parliament
  5. The Powers and Functions of the Legislature
  6. Parliamentary Procedures.

Party System

  1. The 1979 Constitution
  2. The National Assembly

The Second Republic

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Second Republic
  2. Problems of Political Transition, Democratization and the ‘June 12’ Crisis.

The Third Republic

  1. The National Question
  2. Inter-Ethnic Conflict and Political Instability
  3. The Military and Nigeria’s Politics
  4. The Role of Traditional Institutions.

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