Course Descriptions

INTA 601: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The course explores the foundations of International Relations in its classical, evolutionary and contemporary frameworks. It examines the scope, methods and tools of analysis, and probes the three contending theories of the field, namely: realism, liberalism and globalism. Important concepts, including the following are clarified: structure, actors, power, and levels of analysis; balance of power and polarity; the national interest; foreign policy and decision-making; co-operation, interdependence, regimes and international organisations.

INTA 641: INTERNATIONAL LAW

The course examines the basic concepts and some of the most important aspects of international law. These include the making of international law, the context and the nature of international law, legal personality and the role of states, law of the sea, air and outer space, human rights, dispute settlement and the international use of force. These issues are examined with emphasis on the needs of the internationalist.

INTA 661: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS

The course explores the regulatory problems of international economic relations from an interdisciplinary perspective. Using economic, legal and political science frameworks of analysis, the course focuses on the regulation of international trade and the problems therein to individual contract, national and international levels. World trade regimes and financial institutions are also focused upon for their international regulatory role. Transnational corporations, the debt crisis and the politics of structural adjustment are also examined.

INTA 610: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

This course is designed to enable students understand the function and process of research. These include the identification of research problems, the structure and content of research report. Methods of determining casual relationship and data collection, as well as data analysis and interpretation are examined.

INTA 620: APPLIED FIELD METHODS

This segment of the course on research methodology, focuses on logic of hypothesis testing, modes of gathering data, sampling, experimental and non-experimental, index construction, bivariate and multivariate techniques, and casual inference fallacies. Practical information is presented on transforming hypothesis into a fieldwork setting, questionnaire construction and administration, and interviewing techniques.

INTA 602: REGIONALISM AND INTEGRATION: THEORY, HISTORY AND PRACTICE

The course is designed to explore the origins, nature and evolution of regional co-operation and/or integration among states in the international system. It also examines the theoretical assumptions of regionalism and the contemporary trends and issues of regional politics. Conceptually, the various approaches to integration are analysed. These are federalism, functionalism, neo-functionalism, supra-nationalism, communications and transaction. In addition, regional organisations like the EU, OAU, NATO, NAM and the Commonwealth are focused upon.

INTA 604: TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

This course is to help students familiarise themselves with a variety of broad theoretical perspectives of international politics and global economic situation. These are approaches to the study of power, ideology, state interests, peace and war, and equilibrium; a critique of liberal, conservative and Marxist conceptions of international politics; grand theory, political and economic interpretations of systems structure and the values that shape the perspective of international politics.

INTA 606: INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

The course presents the various theoretical approaches to understanding conflicts; the structure of conflicts; and the different approaches to the analysis, prevention, management and resolution of conflicts. The course, while examining all forms of conflicts in the international system, places special emphases on Third World conflicts, particularly, intra-state conflicts. The role of civil society, groups, states, NGOs and international organisations in conflict management are explored.

INTA 608: COMPARATIVE POLITICS

The course introduces students to the most important theories and approaches in contemporary comparative political analysis. These include modernisation theory and political development; political culture; political regimes, institutions, the state, and elites; and political participation. It also explores and compares revolutions and transitions to democracy. Examples are from the United States of America, France, India, Kenya, Mexico, and Ghana.

INTA 612: POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

The attempt to understand how political systems change and why they evolve in the ways that they do has preoccupied students of comparative politics since the Second World War. This course takes stock of this project to date, examining early attempts to explain modernisation, the rise to prominence of the developmentalist paradigm, the criticisms levelled against the mainstream views by dependendistas and world-systems theories, indigenous models of development, post-modernism, and the recent rebirth of the political development approach.