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Programme Philosophy

The aim of the programmes in Parliamentary Administration is to provide insight into theory, practice, empirical research and sources in the field of parliamentary administration. The course is particularly aimed at parliamentary officials and other professionals working or intending to work with parliament. it is also valuable to everyone who wishes to deepen his/her understanding of Parliamentary Administration. The course encourages students to reflect on the practice of the Nigerian parliament and to envisage ways of improving parliamentary practice.

Objective of the Programme

The objective of this programme is to produce or the emerging democracies, men and women with extensive practical knowledge of the workings of legislatures. it will draw on expert teaching and independent research to produce uniquely qualified practitioners. The programme provides the necessary background for a variety of careers in , notably, the civil service, politics and political consultancy, as well as further research.

Courses Details
First Year

Historical Background;nation building; federalism and mass politics (political participation and voting, political parties, the news media)

Meaning, purpose, and types of research

General Introduction; The British System; basic concept of the British Constitution

Historical Development; Allocation of Powers among the various branches/tiers of government

Overview of the parliament and its functions

Overview of democracy; Dynamics for democracy; Imperatives of good democratic governance

Second Year

Structure and organization of the legislature; comparative analysis of legislative and parliamentary models: overview of unicameral and bicameral structures

A student shall present at least one (1) seminar of 3 credit units

A student shall carry out research in his/her discipline and submit an acceptable dissertation of 6 credit units.

Elective Courses

Meaning, scope, significance of financial management

Legal Basis of Modern State, Government and Administration

Evolution of the Contemporary Parliament

How legislators are elected significantly affects the composition and outlook of the legislature

Legislators in Africa often face unique challenges that are rarely encountered by their counterparts in established democracies

Political parties represent the driving force in the enterprise of constitutional democracy.

Law is generally the government chief's vehicle for change and development

Sources of labour law (Nigeria, some common law countries), contract of employment

This course is an introduction to the subject of public international law

The question of the proper balance between the armed forces and the civilian political leadership is a key feature of politics

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