MASTERS DEGREE IN ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS

MASTERS DEGREE IN ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS

MASTERS DEGREE IN elections and party politics

The Masters Degree Program in Elections and Party Politics is to expose students to the fundamental elements, dynamics and challenges of democratic elections and party politics in advanced and transitional democracies towards effective engagement in Nigeria's democratic development.

The requirements are as outlined for all the Masters Degree Programmes of the Institute.

  1. The course seeks to provide students with:

    1. Deep knowledge and understanding of democratic elections and party politics;
    2. Skills for critical analysis and evaluation;
    3. Knowledge of cutting-edge tools and methodologies for research in elections and party politics
    4. Understanding of issues and trends in elections and party politics in the comparative context of advanced and transitional democracies; and
    5. Insights into policy options and interventions for credible elections and party politics.

 

General Compulsory Courses: 12 units

Cores Courses:  21 units

Elective Courses:  9 units

Dissertation: 6 units

TOTAL:  48 UNITS

GENERAL COMPULSORY COURSES: CREDITS

GLC 800: NIGERIA: ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY 3

GLC 802: PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNANCE 3

CORE COURSES:  CREDIT

GLC 801: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING 3

MEP 801: HISTORY OF ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS IN NIGERIA 3

MEP 802: COMPARATIVE ELECTORAL SYSTEMS 3

MEP 803: PARTY POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES 3

MEP 804: MODELS OF ELECTION MANAGEMENT BODIES (EMB) 3

MEP 805: SEMINAR ON EMBS AND ELECTORAL INTEGRITY IN AFRICA 2

MEP 806: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ANALYSIS 3

MEP 807: SEMINAR ON ELECTIONS MANAGEMENT 2

MEP 808: SEMINAR POLITICAL PARTY GOVERNANCE 2

MEP 809: TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTIONS 3

MEP 830: DISSERTATION 6

ELECTIVE COURSES: CREDIT

MLS 802: THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS 3

MEP 810: ELECTIONS, POLITICS AND DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION IN AFRICA 3

MEP 811: CITIZEN AGENCY AND POLITICAL CHANGE  3

GEC 813: ELECTORAL PROCESS 3

MEP 812: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARLIAMENTARY POLITICS 3

MEP 813: ADR, ELECTIONS AND PARTY MANAGEMENT  3

MEP 814: GENDER, ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS  3

MEP 815: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PUBLIC POLICY  3

COURSE DISTRIBUTION

1st YEAR-SEMESTER I: CREDIT

GLC 800: NIGERIA: ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY   3

MEP 801: HISTORY OF ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS IN NIGERIA  3

MEP 803: PARTY POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES  3

MEP 805: SEMINAR ON Electoral Management Bodies (EMBS) AND ELECTORAL INTEGRITY IN AFRICA  2

ELECTIVE  1 3

SEMESTER II:  CREDIT

GLC 802: PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNANCE  3

MEP 802: COMPARATIVE ELECTORAL SYSTEMS  3

MEP 804: MODELS OF ELECTION MANAGEMENT BODIES (EMB)  3

MEP 806: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ANALYSIS  3

MEP 808: SEMINAR ON POLITICAL PARTY GOVERNANCE  2

ELECTIVE   1 3

2nd YEAR-SEMESTER I:  CREDIT

GLC 801: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING  3

MEP 807: SEMINAR ON ELECTIONS MANAGEMENT  2

MEP 809: TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTIONS  3

ELECTIVE  1 3

SEMESTER II:  CREDIT

MEP 830: DISSERTATION  6

TOTAL:    48

GLC 800: NIGERIA ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY Historical background; nation building; federalism and mass politics (political participation and voting, political parties, the news media); the economy: evolution, structure and management; governing institution: the Legislature, the Executive, and Judicial system; foreign policy and defence; the society: social structure and culture; state and civil society; contemporary economic, social and political problems of Nigeria.

GLC 802: PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNANCE
This course on Public Policy and Administrative Governance will aim at familiarising students with the complexities of Governance and Policy Processes. Students will be equipped with public-making policy formulation and implementation and the dynamics that influence policy formulation. Discuses policy implementation in the context of various theories of organization. It focuses on politics of policy implementation providing the students with the knowledge of how socio- economic and political forces influences policy implementation. It tries to acquaint the students with process of policy evaluation. Finally, the course will also bring together academic expertise and practical experience, by inviting policy practitioners to present case studies on issues of policy or administrative concern.

MEP 801: HISTORY OF ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS IN NIGERIA
This course aims to provide students an overview and trends of the history of elections and party politics in Nigeria from the colonial period to date. More specifically, the course seeks to address the following:
History of party formation in Nigeria, particularly from 1922
The emergence of regional/ethnic parties in the movement towards independence
Party politics and elections leading to the breakdown of the First Republic
Elections and party politics in the First Republic
Elections and party politics in the Second Republic
Elections and party politics in the Third Republic
Elections and party politics in the Fourth Republic
Contemporary nature of elections and politics in Nigeria

MEP 802: COMPARATIVE ELECTORAL SYSTEMS
The aim of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the types, range, nature and characteristics of political systems globally. Specifically, the course focuses on the following:
First past the post system (majoritarian)
Proportional representation (list systems, etc.)
Hybrid systems
Political context favouring specific electoral systems and consequences for electoral outcomes, political stability, management of diversity, inclusion of gender and disadvantaged groups, etc.

MEP 803: PARTY POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of political parties and their role in democratic politics drawing from global comparative experiences. Specifically, the course content will consist of the following:
Historical development of political parties Typologies of parties
Nature and characteristics of parties in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa
Role of political parties in presidential and parliamentary systems
Common challenges faced by political parties in democracies across the world
A comparison of Nigerian party systems organisation with those in developed democracies.

MEP 804: MODELS OF ELECTION MANAGEMENT BODIES (EMB)
The course will expose students to the different models of election management bodies across democracies to help them understand the impact and implication of the different models on democratic elections and politics. Specifically, the course will increase understanding of:
the variation in institutional design of EMBs worldwide, particularly focusing on capacity, personnel, network structure and autonomy,
the effects of EMB institutional design for EMB performance;
the impact of EMB institutional design for election integrity, credibility and legitimacy, as well as citizens and political actors perceptions of elections, and
Best practices to improve EMB performance.

MEP 805: SEMINAR ON EMBS AND ELECTORAL INTEGRITY IN AFRICA
Aim: this course is aimed at exposing students to the peculiarities of election management bodies in Africa and the challenges they face in consolidating electoral democracy in Africa. In particular, the course will focus on:
capacity, personnel, network structure and autonomy
institutional design and EMB performance
organising operations and logistics
engagement with stakeholders
building confidence and trust
peculiar challenges confronting EMBS

MEP 806: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ANALYSIS
The course aims to acquaint students with basic knowledge of methods, approaches and techniques of political analysis. The content will focus on:
the core ideas and methods of comparative politics;
key themes in social and political science such as the state, democracy, political institutions, political culture and participation;
comparison of states and the differences between the region and other parts of the world (Western Europe, Africa, Latin America);
Subject matter of political analysis;
Techniques, methods and approaches of political analysis;
Strong knowledge of the latest perspectives in political analysis; and
deep and applied understanding of concepts necessary for undertaking original advanced level research in politics.
Federal and Unitary Political Systems.

MEP 807: SEMINAR ON ELECTIONS MANAGEMENT
This course is designed to offer students practical knowledge and hands-on experience on managing elections. The course will involve scenario building around the following issues:
introduction to electoral administration
strategic planning for electoral management
electoral governance and party leadership
team building and management
Legal framework and reform; boundary delimitation; electoral cycle; electoral system; electoral dispute resolution mechanism; operational planning; voter registration; election field operations, project managing the logistics of elections, results management; electoral costs and finances; electoral contestants; disabilities and elections; gender and elections; media and elections; working effectively with electoral observation missions, and electoral education and information
stakeholder engagement
decision making under difficult and stressful situations

MEP 808: SEMINAR ON POLITICAL PARTY GOVERNANCE
This course is designed to offer students practical knowledge and hands-on experience on political party governance. The course will involve scenario building around the following issues:
General Characteristics of Political Parties
Political Parties' Organisational Structure
Campaign strategies and support mobilization
Recruiting and organising membership
Intraparty Democracy and Decision- making
Internal Party Democracy and Discipline
Democratic Political Party Administration: Managing the Day-to-Day Work of a Political Party
Building and Developing Party Platform
African Case studies - Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa
Knowledge management production and research
Exercises and workshops

MEP 809: TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTIONS
The course will expose students to the role of information and communications technologies (ICT) in the electoral process and in building credibility and integrity in conducting democratic elections. The issues to be discussed include the following:
Overview of Elections and Technology
Ranges and uses of technology: biometric registration, biometric verification, electronic collation and transmission of results, election management systems, electronic voting and internet voting
Technologies that are currently being used for electoral processes
Guidelines for the evaluation, choice and implementation of new technologies Technology and Credibility in the Electoral Process.
Some of the emerging technologies and trends to identify those that may apply to elections in the near future

MEP 811: CITIZEN AGENCY AND POLITICAL CHANGE
The course is designed to acquaint students with the role of citizens and their organisations in enhancing the credibility of the electoral process.
Citizen-demand electoral reform and parallel voter tabulation
Voter education
Conflict resolution and peace-building
Election observation
Stakeholder engagement
Mandate protection

MEP 812: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARLIAMENTARY POLITICS
This course is designed to deepen students' knowledge and understanding of the diverse roles that political parties play in parliamentary politics and representative democracy. Issues to address will include:
Role of political parties in parliamentary and presidential democracies
Party leadership and and governance in the parliament
Role of parties in shaping public policy
Party Discipline and Legislative Process
Role of parliamentary caucuses
Legislation and consensus building
Parties and their role in parliament

MEP 813: ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, ELECTIONS AND PARTY MANAGEMENT
This course will avail students the opportunity to learn as well as practice alternative dispute resolution strategies in elections and party management. Specifically, the course will address the following:
Introduction: ADR and Peace-building in Africa
Electoral Disputes in Africa: Causal Analysis and Proposal for ADR Mechanism for Resolution
Approaches to ADR
Comparing ADR and Litigation
Simulations on resolving intra party disputes relating to leadership tussles
Case Studies - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, etc.

MEP 814: GENDER, ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS
This course provides an overview of some key topics in party politics and gender. Specifically, the following will be considered:
History of feminism, feminist political thought and 'masculinism'
Gendering politics
Gender and political behaviour
Women's representation in elected office: does it matter?
Quotas, positive discrimination and positive action
Gender policy machinery and 'mainstreaming'
Gendered states and the gendered international
Gender and armed conflict
Gender and human rights
Gender and development

MEP 815: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PUBLIC POLICY
This course focuses on the role of political parties as policy platforms beyond the routine function of political recruitment and elections. The course content will include the following:
The policy making process
Political party manifestos and programmes
Issues-based electioneering campaigns
Political parties and legislative caucuses
Intra/inter party dialogue and consensus building
Legislative and executive interface

GLC 801: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING
Provides a strong foundation in the basics of designing social and political research, as well as more extensive training in at least two techniques for collecting and analysing data. Students will additionally have the opportunity to apply these technical skills in substantive coursework and in a hands-on research setting.
Research Design
Weighing the Evidence
Advanced Quantitative Topics
Simulations
Political Network Analysis
Social and Political Network Analysis
Survey Research Methods
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

MLS 802: THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
Overview of democracy; Dynamics of democracy; Imperatives of good governance
Environmental factors that shape and influence democracy

GEC 813: THE ELECTORAL PROCESS
How legislators are elected significantly affects the composition and outlook of the legislature. This course will examine Nigeria's electoral process and review the problems and environmental factors that affect, shape and constrain the operation of the electoral process: Features of the electoral process; Mechanism for resolving electoral disputes; preserving the integrity of INEC; Dealing with electoral malpractice.

MEP 830: DISSERTATION
A student shall carry out research in any area of specialization in his/her discipline and submit an acceptable dissertation of 6 credit units.

 

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