MASTERS DEGREE IN LEGISLATIVE STUDIES

MASTERS DEGREE IN LEGISLATIVE STUDIES

MASTERS DEGREE IN LEGISLATIVE STUDIES​

The Masters Degree Program in Legislative Studies is guided by the need to provide in- depth training in the theory and practice of law making. The idea is to bring greater intellectual depth and breadth to the Programme so that candidates would not only be technically qualified persons, they would also be effective policy advisors to their Governments.

The program is designed to produce knowledgeable and competent personnel for legislatures, general administration and research. The Program emphasizes the legislative process, procedure, practice, the relationship between the legislature and other branches of government. Using a variety of pedagogical options including class room lectures, spending time in the legislature, meeting with legislators and staff, our students will have the opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with academicians and experts with experience in the legislative process.

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

 

General Compulsory Courses:  12 units

Cores Courses 21 units

Elective Courses: 9 units

Dissertation:  6 units

TOTAL: 48 UNITS

General Compulsory Courses: CREDIT

GLC 800: NIGERIA: ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY 3

GLC 801: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING 3

GLC 802: PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNANCE 3

MLS 820: MLS SEMINAR 3

Core Courses: CREDIT

MLS 801 STRUCTURE, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE LEGISLATURE 3

MLS 802 COMPARATIVE LEGISLATIVE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 3

MLS 803: NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM & LEGAL PROCESS 3

MLS 804 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW & NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM 3

MLS 805 BILL PROCESS, ANALYSIS AND SCRUTINY 3

MLS 806 BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION PROCESS 3

MLS 807 PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES & THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS 3

MLS 830: DISSERTATION 3

Elective Courses: CREDIT

MLS 812: THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS 3

MPD 801 PARLIAMENTS IN THE MODERN WORLD: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES 3

GEC 801: ELECTORAL PROCESS 3

GEC 802: CHALLENGES FOR AFRICAN LEGISLATURES 3

GEC 803: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARLIAMENTARY POLITICS 3

GEC 804: LAW, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE 3

GEC 805: LABOUR LAW & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS 3

GEC 806: INTERNATIONAL LAW 3

MPA 806: CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS 3

COURSE DISTRIBUTION

1st YEAR-SEMESTER I: CREDIT

GLC 800: NIGERIA: ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY 3

MLS 801: STRUCTURE, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE LEGISLATURE 3

MLS 803: NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM & LEGAL PROCESS 3

ELECTIVE 3

SEMESTER II: CREDIT

GLC 802 PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNANCE 3

MLS 802: COMPARATIVE LEGISLATIVE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 3

MLS 804: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 3

MLS 806: BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION PROCESS 3

ELECTIVE 3

2nd YEAR-SEMESTER I: CREDIT

MLS 805: BILL PROCESS, ANALYSIS AND SCRUTINY 3

MLS 807: PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES & THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS 3

GLC 801: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING 3

MLS 820: MLS SEMINAR 3

ELECTIVE 3

SEMESTER II CREDIT

MLS 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 and social, and political problems of Nigeria.

GLC 801: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING
Meaning, purpose and types of research; approaches to research: quantitative, qualitative, and legislative research; overview of the research process; formulating the research problem; reviewing the literature; choosing the research design; writing the research proposal; collecting research data: primary data (observation, personal interview, questionnaires and interview), secondary data (selecting, scrutinizing and analysing documents); analysing research data (quantitative data, qualitative data) and establishing findings; interpreting and discussing findings, and drawing conclusions; writing the research report: the basics of the writing process (grammar, punctuation, effective sentences and paragraphs), structuring the report, mechanics of presentation and referencing; the special features of legislative research report; characteristics of good research report, publishing research papers.

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.

MLS 801: STRUCTURE, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE LEGISLATURE
Structure and organisation of the legislature: organisational structure (the chambers and support offices), officers and legislative staff, the committee system; functions and powers of the legislature: law-making (legislative function), oversight of the executive branch of government (legislative oversight), and representation of the constituencies; management and operations of the legislature: the role of the officers and legislative staff, management and operations of the committees; law-making; conducting legislative oversight and investigations; representing the constituencies, contemporary issues in the operations of legislatures.

MLS 802: COMPARATIVE LEGISLATIVE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
Overview of parliamentary and presidential systems of government. Topics may include: Leadership and organization in Parliament; Key stages in the authorization process; The budget and appropriations process; Parliamentary committee and floor procedure; Representing constituent interests: The role of committee staff; Parliamentary oversight of the executive branch; The relationship between the media and Parliament; The role of special interests in policy formulation. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend Parliamentary committee hearings and/or observe floor action when Parliament is in session.

MLS 803: NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM & LEGAL PROCESS
The role of law in the society; overview of the legal system: structure and organisation of the system, role and functions of the courts, court procedure and process, the role and functions of the police; the role of the prisons: law-making powers and processes; law reform; review of the adjudicatory process.

MLS 804: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM
Historical Development; Allocation of Powers among the various branches/ tiers of government; Rights and Liberties Interpreting the Constitution; Separation of Powers; Judicial Review: Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principle of State Policy: Economic and Social Objectives: Political and Environmental Objectives; Citizenship; Citizenship by Naturalization and Dual Citizenship; Fundamental Human Rights; Overview of fundamental rights under the Nigerian Constitution; The Judicature; Impeachment under the 1999 Constitution; Concept of Immunity.

MLS 805: BILL PROCESS, ANALYSIS AND SCRUTINY
Type of bills; stages of bills process: introduction in the chambers, sponsors, and co-sponsors of bills; proceedings in the chamber: committee activities on a bill (including mark up and reporting); key issues and techniques of bills analysis; understanding bill digest; storage and retrieval of bill analysis; publication of committee report; floor action and debate; bills referred to other chamber and conference committee; enrolment and presidential action, veto, overriding a veto.

LS 806: BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION PROCESS
The federal budget process: Executive preparation of the president's budget. legislative approval, budget implementation, audit and report; budgeting at the state and local government levels; the purposes of and approaches to budgeting; the appropriation process: reviews, hearings, and pass back; budget resolution and the role of the committees; the reconciliation process and appropriations legislation; the politics of budgeting and the parliamentary spending decisions.

MLS 807: PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES & LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
Overview of the parliament and its functions: evolution, functions, management, operations of parliaments; the responsibilities of members of parliament; the role of committees in the work of parliaments: evolution of the committee system, characteristics of parliamentary committees, types of parliamentary committees: standing committees; ad-hoc committees and committee of the whole house; functions and powers of the committee: initiating and drafting legislation, overseeing the executive, and reviewing budget proposals; organisation and operations of parliamentary committees: the role of legislative staff, the support offices and legislative aides, parliamentary committees in the law-making process: bills review and scrutiny, public hearings, and research services; parliamentary committees and the promotion of transparency and accountability: promoting constituency outreach and public contributions to law-making, oversight of government activities and scrutiny of the use of public funds; effectiveness of parliamentary committees: the importance of non-partisanship, role of committee staff, required core competencies (including human relations skills); the parliament and its support agencies: NILDS, NABRO (National Assembly Budget and Research Office...

MLS 820: SEMINAR
A student shall present at least one (1) seminar of 3 credit units.

MLS 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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