Courses: 4th Year 2nd sem., B.A.(HONS) History
HIS422: Contemporary History of the Middle East(3 credit units)
This course examines the contemporary history of the Middle East. It highlights the Second World War, the creation of Israel and the attendant problems, the Suez crisis, the Arab League, Oil and International politics, the new trends of accord etc.
HIS432: Philosophy of History(3 credit units)
The course examines the nature of history, its development as a discipline and its relevance to the society.
HIS412: Comparative Parliamentary Studies (Nigerian, Britain, France and India)(2 credit units)
A comparative discussion of the parliamentary systems as practiced by Nigeria, Britain, France and India: common trends and distinguishing differences are identified and explained against the varying historical experiences of the communities involved
HIS442: Tradition and Modernization in Africa(2 credit units)
This course will probe some of the complexities of the modernization process both on a theoretical and practical case study level. The course will concentrate on such themes as: defining modernization, the value of economic theory of modernization, the reliance of state theory to development, the concept of dualistic development, rural-urban migration and urbanization process, the relationship of agriculture and industrialization to modernization, the problems of mobilizing domestic and foreign resources, the role of the government in planning, and tradition as a contribution or constraint to modernization. Particular countries or regions of Africa will be selected to clarify, illustrate, or assess the limits of the various theories of modernization.
HIS452: Afro-American communities(2 credit units)
This course deals with some of problems facing New World blacks since emancipation, but with a special emphasis on the USA. It deals with the economic condition of the former slaves after emancipation, the nature of racial pe-prejudice and segregation, the nature of black responses down to the twentieth century such as black religion. Black Nationalism and Back to Africa Movements.
HIS462: Land Labour in Africa(3 credit units)
The course examines the issues of land and labour in Africa highlighting the traditional land tenure systems in Africa, the changing patterns of need in response to internal and external dynamics of change, e.g. population explosion, changing agricultural patterns (Plantations and large holdings instead of small holding), the European settler problems etc, and the emergence of landless individuals and communities. It also highlights the History of labour from the stage of self-employment to hired (wage) and organized labour and their unions and government control.
HIS472: Modern Revolution(2 credit units)
This course seeks to raise question about the theory and practice of revolutions by examining in detail some theories of revolutions and the application of these theories and deviation from them in modern revolutions. Students are given the opportunity to review the literature of some of the revolutions to be selected from Africa, Europe, Asia and America. Particular attention is focused on Revolutions in Africa, especially towards the end of the course. A major objective of the course is to develop the ability of the student to interpret the contemporary historical realities in the light of the theoretical data and experience of the revolution studies and to reach their own.
HIS492: Project/Long Essay(6 credit units)
Every final year student must undertake a research project on a subject acceptable to the Department. The project should be written under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. It is designed to test the studentís skills in handling problems of collecting, collating, analyzing and synthesizing historical evidence. Originality is also an important consideration.
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