MASTERS DEGREE IN PARLIAMENTARY ADMINISTRATION

MASTERS DEGREE IN PARLIAMENTARY ADMINISTRATION

MASTERS DEGREE IN PARLIAMENTARY ADMINISTRATION

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 objective of this programme is to produce for 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.

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

 

General Compulsory Courses:12 unit

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

MPD 820: MPD SEMINAR 3

GLC 802: PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNANCE 3

CORE COURSES:  CREDIT

MPD 803 COMPARATIVE LEGISLATURES 3

MPD 805: STRUCTURES, ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS OF PARLIAMENT 3

MLS 804 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 3

MPD 806 INFORMATION MANAGEMENT & PARLIAMENTARY REPORTING 3

MPD 811 PARLIAMENTARY FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3

MPD 812 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW 3

MLS 807 PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES & THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS 3

MPD 830: DISSERTATION 6

ELECTIVE COURSES:  CREDIT

MLS 802: THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

MPD 801: PARLIAMENTS IN THE MODERN WORLD: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

GEC 801: ELECTORAL PROCESS

GEC 802: CHALLENGES FOR AFRICAN LEGISLATURES

GEC 803: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARLIAMENTARY POLITICS

GEC 804: LAW, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE

GEC 805: LABOUR LAW & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

GEC 806: INTERNATIONAL LAW

GEC 807: PARLIAMENT IN THE MODERN WORLD: Contemporary Issues

MPA 806: CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS

COURSE DISTRIBUTION

1st YEAR-SEMESTER I: CREDIT

GLC 800: NIGERIA: ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY 3

MPD 803: COMPARATIVE LEGISLATURES 3

MPD 809: STRUCTURES, ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS OF PARLIAMENT 3

ELECTIVE 3

SEMESTER II:  CREDIT

GLC 802 PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNANCE 3

MLS 802 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 3

MLS 804 PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES & THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS 3

MPD 806 INFORMATION MANAGEMENT & PARLIAMENTARY REPORTING 3

ELECTIVE 3

2nd YEAR-SEMESTER I:   CREDIT

MPD 805: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW 3

MPD 807: PARLIAMENTARY FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3

GLC 801: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING 3

MPD 820: MPD SEMINAR 3

ELECTIVE 3

SEMESTER II:  CREDIT

MPD 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 defense; 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 analyzing documents); analyzing 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 the legislative research report; characteristics of the good research report; publishing research papers.

MPD 803: COMPARATIVE LEGISLATURES
General Introduction; The British System; The Basic concept of the British Constitution; The House of Lords, Merits and Demerits of the British Constitution, The French parliamentary system of government, The French parliamentary system of government, The Nature of the French Constitution; Indian parliamentary System, Comparison of the three Parliamentary systems

MPD 805: STRUCTURES, MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS OF PARLIAMENT
Structure and organization of the legislature, comparative analysis of legislative and parliamentary models: overview of unicameral and bicameral structures, parliamentary committees management and operations of the committees, the principal officers and their functions; legislative staff and their functions, The National Assembly: the office of the Clerk to the National Assembly, the office of the Clerks of the two chambers: functions of Support Offices: the Chamber Office, the Table Office, the Bills' Office, the Committees Office, the Journal Office, Legislative Scrutiny Office, Senate/House Management Office, Budget and Planning; functions of presiding and principal officers, financial accountability in the legislature, the relationship between career legislative staff and political legislative aides; effective allocation of staff to support the leadership, committees, members offices and the administrative services; Legislative Support Offices: NILDS, "NABRO", Research Services; building capacity for the operations of the parliament.

MLS 804: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
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.

MPD 806: PARLIAMENTARY REPORTING
Reporting debates of legislators and recording of the proceedings of the chambers are important activities in the legislative process. Reporting stands out as an indispensable aid to the elected members and others within the Houses and for those outside it to get a clear, accurate, and independent account of the proceedings in the chambers. The Hansard process begins with the witnessing and recording of a speech, culminating in a final bound volume. Effective reporting systems need to be developed to facilitate the work of Legislators and meet the needs of stakeholders. The specific topics include: understanding debate in written form, and conventions of formal parliamentary debate. and procedure; using and maintaining an in-house style guide; good sources for checking facts, quotations, etc. in reference books and online; use of parliamentary reporting software; use of parliamentary audio retrieval and playback to enhance accurate reporting, editing for consistency and readability.

MPD 811: PARLIAMENTARY FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Meaning, scope, significance of financial management; agencies involved in financial management; budgeting as a tool of financial management: role and principles; the budget process: formulation, enactment, execution, and audit; approaches to budgeting: line-item budgeting, performance budgeting, program budgeting, and zero-based budgeting, revenue sources: taxation and tax administration (tax administration at federal level, center-state financial relations); parliamentary financial control agencies; public accounts committee; parliamentary financial control agencies; public accounts committees, estimates committees, parliamentary standing committees; development and management of the legislative budget, the role of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

MPD 812: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
Legal Basis of Modern State, Government and Administration; Administrative Law - its meaning, nature, and scope. Some Basic Constitutional Concepts in Relation to Administrative Law: (a) Rule of Law; (b) Doctrine of Separation of Powers; (c) Principles of Checks and Balances; and (d) Principles of Natural Justice; Doctrine and Ultra-Vires. Relation between Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. Concept and Courts of Administrative Law (Droit Administrative) in France, including Courts of Conflicts; Classification of Administrative Functions and Difficulties of Classification. Legislative Functions of Administration:

  1. Delegated Legislation Meaning, Nature and Causes for its Growth.
  2. Forms and Classification of Delegated Legislation.
  3. Constitutionality of Legislative Delegation, Control over Delegated Legislation:


           i. Parliamentary Control, and
           ii. Judicial Control over Delegated Legislation; Judicial Functions of Administration: Administrative Adjudication and Tribunals, Judicial Control of Administrative Authorities and                     Tribunals. Structure, Powers, Functions, and Personnel of special Tribunals; Legal Redressal of Grievances-Government Liability, Tortuous and Contractual;
           

     4. The Ombudsman. Administrative Law relating to Public Corporations. Constitutional Protection to Civil Servants; The Role of Parliament in Developing Administrative Law; Tension      and Conflict Between Courts and Parliament; The Impact of Administrative Law on the Functioning of Parliament and its Members.

MLS 807: PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES & LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
Overview of the parliament and its functions: evolution, functions, management, operations of parliaments, and 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.MPD 820: SEMINAR
A student shall present at least one (1) seminar of 3 credit units.

MPD 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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