Fayomi Oluyemi Oyenike
Dr. Senior Lecturer: Acting HOD, PSI Ph.D. International Relations
Political Science & International Relations
Political Science & International Relations
Welcome to the Department of Political Science and International Relations, College of Leadership Development Studies. The Department participates dynamically in realizing the vision of Covenant University towards ‘raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of Human endeavor’.
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 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 2016/2017 Academic Session. The number is made up of two Professor, one Associate Professor, five Senior Lecturers, and five Lecturers I, one Lecturer II, twelve Assistant Lecturers. Also on the list of Faculty are three Adjunct Lecturer made up of two Professors and one Associate Professor.
The Department of Political Science and International Relations is currently poised to projecting the focus of Covenant University as enunciated by Oyedepo (2000) that Focus and Motto of Covenant University as …‘the fountain of excellence. Focus enhances creativity and boosts ingenuity. Whatever you stay on with commitment, you are bound to stand out there ultimately’. In order to actualize Vision 10:2022 of Covenant University, the central focus as accentuated by Atayero (2016) is by evolving a World-Class Research University through the ‘ReCITe’ method which is an acronym for Research, Citation, Innovation and Teaching. Hence, Vision 10:2022 (1-of-10-in-10) is considered fulfilled whenever Covenant University attains a Top 10 position in any reputable global academic ranking outlet, irrespective of the ranking methodology.
Consequently, since Politics is at the heart of human life, our vision is also connected to a world with a wider understanding of Political Power, Process, Policy, Influence, Authority, Leadership, Foreign Policy, Alternative Dispute Resolution Negotiation, Gender Issues, Regionalism, Diplomacy and Diplomatic Practice and Public Administration- these are what we study and teach.
The Department of Political Science and International Relations’ mission is also linked to Covenant university’s mission of creating knowledge and restoring the dignity of the black man via a Human Development and Total Man Concept driven curriculum employing innovative, leading edge, teaching and learning methods, research and professional services that promote integrated, life-applicable, life-transforming education relevant to the context of Science, Technology and Human Capacity Building.
Who We Are
The Department of Political Science and International Relations at Covenant University is the largest research-oriented and student-centered department in the College of Leadership Development Studies. The Department also prides itself on first-rate teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our research and teaching cover the traditional fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, African Politics, Policy, Strategic Thoughts, Political Theory, and Research Methods. In collaboration with faculty in other departments we also emphasize cross-cutting areas of Operational Research.
In addition, our areas of research span electoral behaviour, international relations, political theory, political institutions and public administration.
The Department of Political Science and International Relations has three programmes with a broad range of choices which are:
- International Relations
- Political Science
- Policy and Strategic Studies
Therefore, the focus on future has a deep foundation in the inception of the disciplines of Political Science, International Relations and Policy and Strategic Studies. Our duty is to advance these disciplines so as to stand the pace with related disciplines in Ivy League and other World-Class Universities.
There is provision of methodical and consistent personal support to students to ensure their learning development, which encompass among others excellent quality project supervision, advising, individual feedback on their progress, and tutorial support.
We offer excellent teaching that is informed by research and students are provided with opportunities to experience research-led learning, through involvement in individual or collaborative research networks. Faculty in the department are active researchers in their various areas of research interest as this is demonstrated by the proven quality research engagements within the departmental research groups, their involvement in funded research projects, their external recognition and their research leadership qualities.
We are very proud of our graduates and their accomplishments; they are highly resourceful professionals who pursue successful careers in a wide range of contexts in the competitive global labour market.
Consequently, I invite you to visit our website to find information about our Programmes, our students’ achievements and activities, our research cluster and research activities, and I hope that prospective students will be encouraged to join any of our three programmes which include International Relations, Political Science and Policy and Strategic Studies.
To all our students in the Department of Political Science and international Relations, I would like to wish you inspirational, productive and successful studies in Covenant University, the land of Hebron.
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.