History and International Relation P. G. PROGRAMME by NUC PHD Final



The programme is designed to produce historians with highly developed sense of balance and considerable depth and breadth of knowledge of the local and international community. The products of the programme are expected to be able to assume leadership role in the task of nation-building, in teaching and in research; in administration and management, in foreign affairs, etc.


The objectives of the programme are designed to expose and train the students in critical, rational thinking and judgment; in the rule of evidence as basis of informed judgement.


The Department of History & International Studies offers postgraduate programmes leading to the award of Ph.D degree in the following major areas of History.

  • Political History
  • Economic History
  • Social History
  • International Studies

The doctoral programme of the Department consists of theory, primary and secondary research works carried out under the supervision of an academic adviser who is a specialist in the chosen area. It covers Social, Political, and Economic History as well as International Studies. The doctoral programme is by coursework and comprehensive research work to be embodied in a thesis. A Ph.D. student will be required to do a course work on research methods, and deliver at least two seminars in the field of study before final oral thesis defense.

Mode of study for Ph.D. Programme

All Ph.D. candidates must take and pass all the requisite courses as prescribed in the Ph.D. course list below totalling 30 units as follows:

Core Courses = 18 units

Seminars PG 601 – ICT Research   methodology = 3 units

Thesis – 9 units

Total   – 30 units

Every Ph.D. candidate must submit a Dissertation on a chosen and approved topic, supervised by a member of staff whose qualification is not below the Ph.D. and who is not lower than Senior Lecturer in rank. The thesis must be defended before an external examiner duly nominated for that purpose and approved by the Senate.


Basic Admission Requirements for admission into Ph.D Programmes in the department is as follows:

Candidates must possess a good Master’s degree in History or its variants from a recognized university, with a CGPA not below 3.5 on a five-point scale. Candidates who did not make up to 3.5 will be required to register for the M.Phil/Ph.D programme. Such candidates must present two seminars and research proposal for grading and must score a minimum CGPA of 3.5 before preceding to the Ph.D, otherwise the M.Phil Degree should be awarded upon the submission of a thesis. The thesis should be examined following the procedure of a Ph.D thesis.


  1. i) The full-timeD programme would run for a minimum of six semesters and a maximum of ten semesters.



Title Units

H601 – Seminar 1 :Topic to be chosen by the student or   assigned by the lecturer

H611 – Africa and European Imperialism

H613 – Advanced studies in Foreign Policies of Major World Power




2           7

B Economic History

H601 – Seminar 1: Topic to be chosen by the student or assigned by the lecturer

H623 – Advanced Studies in Economic History of Nigeria Since the 20th Century

H625 – Land and Labour in Africa




2         7

C International Studies

H601 – Seminar 1:Topic to be chosen by the student or assigned by the lecturer

H615 – Advance Studies in International Relations

H631 – War and peace in Africa




2           7

Electives: Choose one course from the electives

H621 – Modern African Political Thought

H627 – Afro-Islamic Civilization: 18th c to Modern Time

H651 – Comparative Economic History of South-East Asia since World War II




2           2


Title Units
A.     Social and Political History

H602 – Seminar 11: Topic to be chosen by the student or assigned by the lecturer

H612 – Themes in social and Political History of Africa Since Independence

H604 – Problems and issues in African Historiography





2             7


B.     Economic History

H602 – Seminar 11:Topic to be chosen by the student or assigned by the lecturer

H624 – Economic Development Reforms in Post-colonial Africa

H622 – Africa and the World Economic order





2             7

C International Studies

H602 – Seminar 11: Topic to be chosen by the student or assigned by the Lecturer

H626 – Evolution of Diplomacy

H606 – International Economic Relations since 1945





2               7

Electives: Choose one course from the elective

H614 – Comparative Industrial Growth and Development of USA and Britain

H634 – Socio-Political and economic reforms and Democratic Rule in Nigeria since 1960

H656 – Nationalism and Nation-Building in Africa






2             2





H611 – Africa and European Imperialism                                                                      2

The courses make a general survey of the internal and external development s and dynamic that prepared the setting both in European imperialism. The theories of imperialism propounded by renowned thinkers like A.J Hobson, V.I. Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Antonio Gramsci, J.A Schumpeter and D.K. Fieldhouse will be analyzed. Themes to be discussed include the historical origin of imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism. Case studies will be made.

H613 – Advanced Studies in Foreign Policies of Major World Powers                          2

The course examines the foreign policies of the major world power namely: USA, Russia, Britain, France, China, Japan and Germany with the context of world policies since World War 11.

H623 – Advanced Studies in Economic History of Nigeria since the 20th Century         2

The course discusses the nature and pattern of external influences in Nigeria’s economic and political developments; the major trends and changes in the monetary and banking sector of the economy, mining and manufacturing/ Industrialisation sector; agriculture, Nigerian oil sector and OPEC; Indigenisation, commercialization, deregulation and Privatization policies of government; operation feed the nation, Green Revolution, River Basin Development Authorities, Agricultural Development Project (ADPs)s, the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), National Directorate of Employment(NDE) DFRRI, Better Life for Rural Women, Family Support Programme; Poverty Alleviation Programme, NEEDs, corruption and the Economy.

H625 – Land and Labour in Africa                                                                                 2

The course discusses and analyses land and labour as factor of production in the economy of Africa societies since the advent of Europeans with their commercial and imperial interest in Africa. Land tenure systems, plantation agriculture versus peasant-based agriculture economy, colonial policies on land and labour. And African reaction to such policies will also be examined. Post-independence developments on land, labour and related issues will also be considered.

H615 – Advanced Studies in International Relations                                                     2

This course equips the students with a better understanding of interaction among nations in the international environment. It focuses on bilateral and multi-lateral relations, especially in the framework of international organizations. Themes examined include treaties and alliance formation as exemplified by the Entente cordiale, Triple Alliance, and the Treaty of Versailles; the League of Nations, the United Nations, the Security Council and use of Veto Power, the north Atlantic Treaty organization (NATO), Warsaw Pact, the Non-alignment Movement, Cold War and post-Cold War Issues.

H627 – Afro-Islamic Civilization: 18th Century to Modern Times                                    2

The course focuses on Islamic Jihads in pre-colonial Africa; the Mahdi; encounters with colonialism and Christianity, Muslims and modern African States; Pan-Islamic movement; African Muslim and the wider world.

H631 – War and Peace in Africa                                                                                    2

The course deals with the background to and courses of wars; the nature, course and effects of conflicts, insurgency and counter-insurgency, peace and conflict resolution mechanism; disarmament and arms control; the role of international organizations in peace initiatives, etc.


H651 – Comparative Economic History of South-East Asia since World War II             2

The courses compare the differential experience of the three Asian powers since World War II. It highlights the process of institutional reforms and economic development, as captured by the term “Asian Tiger,” with lesson for African Countries.



H612 – Themes in Social and Political History of Africa since Independence               2

The course examines the following topics: political instability in Africa since independence; military rule; one-party system; ethnic conflicts and hegemony ; minority rule; struggle for democracy in the 1980 and 1990s etc.

H604 – Problems and Issues in African Historiography                                                            2

The course examines the ramifications of historiography; the meaning of history to African; written and non-written sources for the writing of African history such as archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, early writings of Africa, European sources of African history, including missionary and colonial archives; and the interdisciplinary approach to the study of African history.

H624 – Economic Developments and Reforms in post-Colonial Africa                                     2

The course examines the crisis of Economic underdevelopment, national industrial policies (such as import-substitutes), problem and prospects of regional economic organizations; the role of the IMF, the World Bank and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in the economic development of Africa.

H622 – Africa and the World Economic Order                                                               2

The course examines the crisis of economies in the global context the slave trade; ‘legitimate” trade; colonisation and unequal economic relations of Africa and the imperial power; the relevance of Dependency Theory; the World Bank, IMF and African economies; UNCTAD; foreign borrowing and foreign debts in the economic development of Africa; the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution; globalization and the African economy, intercontinental trade, theories of international trade, foreign and underdevelopment; the politics of the new international economic order, etc

H626 – Evolution of Diplomacy                                                                                     2

This course traces the evolution of contemporary world diplomacy from the Treaty of Westphalia through the Congress of Vienna to the formation of the UN with principles and issues like balance of power, sovereignty, power politics and the policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states; national interest as a tool for foreign policy formation; international moral obligation to fight crimes against humanity and to oppose illegitimate rulers vis-à-vis the principle of non-interference.

H606 – International Economic relations                                                                       2

The course examines the link between “economics” and “politics” in international relations. It also discusses the issue of international monetary arrangement; Politics of International trade. Theories of international trade relations; foreign Aid and underdevelopment; the politics of the New International Economic Order.

H634 – Socio-Political and Economic Reform and Democratic Rule in Nigeria Since 1960

The course deals with the major socio- political and economic developments in Nigeria since the return to civil rule in Nigeria in May 1999. Topics to be treated include: Constitutional Debate, Revenue Allocation, the press and consolidation of democracy in Nigeria; relations among the three tiers (Federal-state-Local) or arms (Executive- Legislature- Judiciary) of government, labour and industrial management educational and health matters; external relations of Democratic Nigeria; the challenge of systemic corruption and economic reforms in Nigeria.

H614 – Comparative Industrial Growth and Development of USA and Britain               2

The course examines different approaches adopted by various industrial countries of the World, with particular reference to Britain and USA, against their different backgrounds and settings, to achieve industrial development. This contrasts with the dismal record of Third World countries.

H656 – Nationalism and Nation-Building in Africa                                                        2

The course examines the variants and dynamic of nationalist movements in Africa and the processes and challenges of nation-building since the late 1950s. The course is set in a global context.

H601 & H602 – Seminar 1 and 11 – 3units each                                                             6

Students choose their topics or are assigned topics by the Supervisor

PG 701: Grants and Synopsis Writing Workshop                                                          3

H662 – Thesis                                                                                                                             9

The topic chosen by the candidate will be researched under supervision.