Fayomi Oluyemi Oyenike
Dr. Senior Lecturer Ph.D International Relations
Political Science & International Relations
Political Science & International Relations
The Department of Political Science and International Relations began with the commencement of the University in 2002. It was then known as the Department of Strategic Studies. It metamorphosed into the Department of Policy and Strategic Studies in the 2005/2006 Academic Session. During the 2007/2008 Academic Session, the Department was split into two, namely: the Department of Political Science and the Department of International Relations and Strategic Studies. However, during the 2008/2009 Academic Session, the two Departments were merged and became what is currently known today as the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
The Pioneer Head of Department, Dr. John A. Ayam, led the Department till 2005 when Prof. Olusola Ojo took over as Head of Department. In 2006, Prof. Matthew Ola-Rotimi Ajayi, became Head and remained Head until 2008 when Professors Daniel Omoweh and Olusola Ojo were appointed to head the newly created Departments of International Relations and Strategic Studies and Political Science respectively. Following the merger of the two Departments in 2009, Prof. Matthew Ola–Rotimi Ajayi was again appointed to oversee the new Department and combined that with the position of Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences. In 2010, Prof. Kayode Soremekun was appointed Head while he also served as the Dean of the College of Development Studies. The period between 2009 and 2012 was glorious in the life of the Department. On October 16, 2012, Dr. Sheriff Folarin was appointed acting Head of the Department, a position he held until August 2014. Dr. Moses Duruji was however, appointed as the Acting Head of Department for the 2014/2015 academic session. On the 1st of August, 2015, Dr. Olajide Ibietan was given the mandate to stair the affairs of the department as the new Acting Head of Department.
The Department began with a student population of 20 and academic staff of 6 in 2003. Today, there is a marked increase with over 400 students spread across the three fully accredited Programmes of Political Science, International Relations and Policy and Strategic Studies.
In the same vein, the Academic Staff strength has improved tremendously. It rose from 6 at inception to 26 in the 2015/2016 Academic Session. The number is made up of two Professors, One Associate Professor, three Senior Lecturers, and four Lecturers I, three Lecturer II, fifteen Assistant Lecturers. Also on the list of Faculty are three Adjunct Lecturer made up of two Professors and one Associate Professor.
The Department currently offers undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes in four different areas, namely:
- International Relations
- Political Science
- Policy and Strategic Studies
- Public Administration
The Political Science Degree Programme offers courses in key areas of Political Economy, Public Administration, Comparative Politics, Federalism, Nigerian Politics and Civil-Military Relations, Democracy and Civil Society, Legislative Process, Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism among others. In International Relations, such courses as Theories of International Relations, International Politics, International Economic Relations, Theories of War and Peace, International Peace Keeping, Nigerian Foreign Policy, International Institutions, Political Economy, among other courses, are offered. For Policy and Strategic Studies, the modules centre on core issues of Leadership, Governance, Ethics, Management, Accountability and Development. The programme also addresses the key areas of Wars, Conflicts, Interest Group and Global Terrorism. At the 100 and 200 Levels, which are the foundational levels, students of the four programmes take the same courses so as to effectively acquire the skills and method of the study of Politics, which is the mother course of all the four disciplines.
The Department of Political Science and International Relations is committed to the overall University goal of becoming a world class institution focused on raising a new generation of leaders.
Our programmes are centred on the core issues of development, specifically the need to liberate the African continent and Diaspora from all vestiges of social, economic and political underdevelopment. Currently, we are driven by the principles of DRV ‘Distinction, Relevance and Visibility”.
As a strategic component of the University’s global mandate, our discipline aims at producing the Total Graduate, who will be productively engaged to a decent life, through a dynamic and proactive curriculum base that addresses the peculiarities of our national endeavours and aspirations. Consequently, the Department is fully committed to adding to the manpower base of the nation in particular and the world in general, graduates who are mentally resourceful, intellectually equipped, entrepreneurally self-dependent, visionary and sensitive to the need for changes in the local and international arena of politics and governance; men and women who are skilled and experienced in addressing the current and future challenges of the global political economy, issues pertinent to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Nation’s Vision 20-2020. These issues have manifested among others, in leadership failure, unemployment, hunger,illiteracy, a poor healthcare system, conflicts and wars.
Philosophy and Objectives
The underlying philosophy of the Programmes in the Department of Political Science and International Relations is that of producing competent and confident graduates whose minds are well developed and who are intellectually sound in the various sub-fields of Policy and Strategic Studies, Political Science and International Relations and Public administration; 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 Department of Political Science and International Relations are to:
i) provide a sound knowledge of concepts, theories and issues in the various disciplines of the Department, namely, Policy and Strategic Studies, Political Science and International Relations; and Public Administration.
ii) provide knowledge and skills needed for the understanding and analysis of political,social and economic activities at both national and international levels;
iii) contribute through research to theoretical development in the various disciplines and provide policy-oriented solutions to the challenges of governance at both national and international levels;
iv) produce versatile graduates who can meet the challenges of self-employment as well as employees of private and public institutions/establishments.
The Programmes in the Department are designed to give students a firm academic and professional grasp in their area of study, and to afford them a broad intellectual background in their discipline. These areas of academic discipline will go a long way in equipping the students to scientifically appraise problems affecting society as well as offer appropriate solutions to them
The general requirements for admission into any of the three Programmes of the Department are the same as those for entry into Covenant University. However, candidates must, in addition, take note of the various requirements for the Programmes in the Department. Candidates must possess O/L, SSCE/GCE/NECO credit passes in at least five (5) subjects at not more than two sittings, including Mathematics, English Language, Economics, Government or History and one other subject.