Academic Programme : Department of History

 

(A)           UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

 

Course No.

Course Title And Description

Units

Status

HIS 101

African Civilization to 1500

The emphasis in this course will be on the major socio-cultural achievements in Africa up to 1500. Hence, state-formation together with the institutions for political centralization will be studied throughout the continent from Meroe, Axum, the western Sudan (Tekur, Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Borno) to Ife and Benin right into the East African coastal city-states, Zimbabwe and the Mwenemutapa empire. The material remains of these cultures, art works and ruins of buildings will also be studied.

3

Required

HIS 102

African states and Societies  1500-1800

This course, while examining the dynamics of formation, expansion and consolidation of states (e.g. Oyo, Jolof in the Sene-gambia, Kongo, Buganda, Kazembe, Lozi and Zulu, among others), will also study the major segmentary societies in the continent. Thus, for the latter, emphasis will be on social institutions (age grades, initiation rites, etc.) Economic pursuits and relationships with their neighbours.  

3

Required

HIS 103

Foundations of European Civilization: 1800-1500

The emphasis in this course is on the major developments, which laid the foundations for European civilization. It will examine the Carolingian political scene and the empire of Charlemagne the establishment and the spread of the Christian empire; the Byzantine world and its civilization: the Muslim world and contacts with the western world; the expansion of trade and the development of representative government; the advance of nationalism; the decline of the church and the weakening of the papacy; and the age of humanism and the foundations for the early renaissance.

3

Required

HIS 104

Expansion of Europe, 15th – 17th Century

The course will examine early exploration and trading activities of Portugal and castile (later Spain) in Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean; commercial rivalry and struggle for colonies by the European states of England, France, Spain and Portugal, the Dutch and the Danes: European trade overseas, mercantilism and the overseas empires; the establishment of administrative and judicial machinery outside Europe: missionaries in Asia and the Americans in the Golden Age of Spain: England and the Elizabethan Age; and the colonization of north America. 

3

Required

HIS 105

Topics in World History Since 1914

This course introduces the students to the history of the world since 1914. It examines the main features of the twentieth century, including among others, the impact of the first world war on the European states, international relations between the wars, the Second World War, international relations since 1945; the development of the present world economic order, the United Nations and the end of the colonial empires.

3

Required

HIS 106

 

The Amerindian Civilization up to 1492

This course examines the general state of South and Central America before its invasion and conquest. It discusses the major civilizations, like the Maya, Aztec and Inca. Attention is drawn to their socio-political institutions, economic systems and inter-group relations. The course also deals with the invasion and the subsequent loss of their independence.

3

Required

HIS 201

African Response to European Invasion, 1882-1914

This course is concerned with African history in the period which saw the European scramble, for, and partition of, the continent. It focuses on developments in Africa during the period, and places the Europeans invasion within the framework of Africa’s internal history so that African responses to the invasion, which constitute the major focus of the course, can be better understood.

3

Required

HIS 202

African since 1914

A general survey of African under colonial rule. The course examines the nature, methods and impact of European colonialism on African societies, the colonial economy and colonial attitudes to social development. It ends with an examination of the causes, methods and strategies of the decolonizing processes and a discussion of the major problems with which newly independent African states have had to grapple. 

3

Elective

HIS 203

West Africa, 1500-1800

The course examines the major historical events in the west African sub-region during the period. These will include the factors affecting the course of events in existing polities and those leading to the rise of new ones. The developments that accompany the coming of Europeans to the coastal region are indicated, highlighting the elements of change and continuity

3

Required

HIS 204

North Africa, 1500-1800

A study of the political revolutions in 16th century north Africa, which saw the establishment of Shariffan power in Morocco and ottoman power in the rest of north Africa. The structure of power in the states will be examined, as well as the mechanism by which they generated the revenue for their upkeep. 

3

Required

HIS 205

East and Central Africa, 1500-1800

The course surveys the evolution and development of socio-political institutions in the region, from the interlacustrine states across present-day central Tanzania down to the polities of the “savannah”. This is then followed with a discussion of the economy, including agricultural and other forms of production and exchange. Areas of cultural interrelationships are spotlighted and an evaluation is made of foreign influences (from across the oceans) from south Arabia and the gulf, southern India and Portugal 

 

Elective

HIS 206

Southern Africa, 1500-1800

Indigenous racial groups, establishment, expansion and internal evolution of Cape settler community. Impact of white expansion on indigenous people.

3

Elective

HIS 207

Ancient and Medieval Political Ideas

The course examines the main political ideas in Greek and Roman classical period as well as the arguments about the relative powers of the papacy and the monarchy as reflected in the work of medieval thinkers

3

Required

HIS 208

Europe, 1500-1750

The course examines major events in the history of Europe from 1500-1750. These are: Europe in the 16th century; Italy and the renaissance: the Italian wars; Habsburg-valois rivalry; reformation: the rise and decline of imperial Spain; the wars of religion in France and Germany; the nation states of the 17th century – France, England, Prussia, the Netherlands etc. Europe and the Ottomans. Overseas expansion, and the Age of enlightenment.

3

Required

HIS 211

The African in Diaspora

A survey course emphasizing the following areas, diasporas in history, the various facts of the slave trade: slave societies in the new world, the middle easy and India: abolition and its consequences revolution in san-Domingo (Haiti) and development of pan-Africanism; and present day developments in black communities in the Americas, the west Indies and Europe.

3

Required

HIS 212

U.S.A. From Colony to Nationhood

The course is concerned with a study of the emergence of the British colonies in America the rise of Mercantilism the factors which gave rise to the U.S. It examines the problems of the new nation-confederalism, political parties, etc. The course ends with a  discussion of the problems of slavery, the civil war and reconstruction

3

Required

HIS 213

Tsarist Russia

Reign of peter the great, tsarist autocracy, landlord peasant/serf relationship: the emancipation of 1861 and its consequences. Industrialization in the closing years of the 19th century. The leadership of Plekhanoy and Lenin, Mensheviks Bolsheviks, Russia and the war with Japan in 1904 and its effects. The 1905 revolution. The Duma of 1906 and after. Russia and the First World War. The Revolution of 1917, Civil War and the fight of the revolution for survival.

3

Elective

HIS 214

Latin American History, 1492-1825

This is a survey history course of the part of the continent of America colonized by the Spaniards and Portuguese. The course covers the period from the beginning of colonization in the later fifteenth century to the beginning of the nineteenth century when the colonial people succeeded in breaking away from the mother countries and setting up independent state. The course will emphasise the new society that grew up after the imposition of Iberian rule-dealing with the composition and relationships as well as the institutions that they set up.

3

Required

HIS 301

Introduction to Historiography

The nature and function of history in non-literate societies, history and myth; history and Religion-Islamic Approaches to History; colonial views of African History; early writings of African history; the rise of modern historiography in Africa; methodology in the new African historiography; and impact of nationalism; Marxist influences on African historiography; and current problems in African historiography.

3

Required

HIS 302

Modern Political Ideas

A Study of representative political thinkers from Machiavelli to Marx highlighting the social context of the philosophers’ ideas.

3

Required

HIS 303

African Political Ideas

An examination of the views of African leaders and thinkers about government and society; about domestic and international issues and about the place of Africa in World history. Particularly study is made of their view on nationalism, democracy and African Socialism, of the adaptation of Muslim thought to the modern world and of the writing of political activists such as Amilcar Cabral, Augustina Neto and Frantz Fanon

3

Required

HIS 304

Nigeria: From Earliest Times to 1800

A study of the historical origins of the Nigeria peoples, interactions with their neighbours, the emergence of political organizations among them in early times. For the millennium before 1800, the course focuses on the problems attendant on state formation and state building, as revealed by the more prominent states and empires that emerged, including a comparative study of their organizations, economic systems, their interrelationships, as well as their connections with other peoples and states.

3

Required

HIS 305

Nigeria Since 1800

This course will focus on the major developments among the various Nigerian peoples and states in the 19th century, paying particular attention to the Sokoto Jihad and its consequences, the suppression of the Atlantic slave trade, new development in Afro-European relations and prelude to the imposition of colonial rule. It will then discuss the colonial conquest and Nigeria colonial experience, as well as study the problems associated with the regaining of independence and the building of the modern Nigerian state. Particular attention is paid to the issues of the colonial economy and the later colonial heritage ads well as the nature of Nigeria’s politics just before and since independence efforts at economic and social development are given prominence.

3

Required

HIS 306

Economic History of West Africa Since 1800

This course examines resources and their productivity in the domestic economy of West Africa in relation to the development of the export sector, the establishment of the colonial economy and the formulation of national and regional strategies for modernization. Special attention will be placed on the relationship between economic development and social change.

 

3

Required

HIS 307

Southern Africa, 1800-1914

This course examines the dynamics of the development and consolidation of nation-states; Zulu, Swazi, Basuto, Metabee and others. The Mfecane, a military, socio-cultural phenomenon of the 19th century will be closely studied together with the incursion of Europeans into this portion of Africa, all laying the foundation for the development of multi-racial societies and the imposition of colonial rule.

3

Elective

HIS 308

North Africa, 1800-1914

A study of the integration of the North African region into the circuit of international market relations and its subsequent subjection to political imperialism. The colonial economy is examined as well as the stirrings of nationalist opposition provoked by the contradictions of the colonial system.

3

Elective

HIS 309

East and Central Africa, 1800-1914

This course examines the following themes: the peoples and culture of East/Central Africa; international exchange, long distance trade and trade overseas; the major polities of central African before and after the Ngoni irruptions; developments in Western and North-east Tanzania and Uganda; the Sultanate of Zanzibar; the coming of the Europeans culminating in imperial subjugation; and the alien re-orientation of political, social and economic life of the society.

3

 

HIS 310

Colonial Rule and Independence Movements in Africa

Objective of colonialism and the nature of colonial administration. Relevance of colonial administration. Relevance of colonial theories and African reactions. Comparative study of administration of the various empires and their impact on the colonized societies, the revolutionary nature of colonialism. Factors in the nationalist movements, and a comparative study of the varied pattern decolonization and independence- regional/area variations.

3

Required

HIS 311

U.S.A. Since 1865

American imperialism. Involvement in World War I and World War II. Prosperity, Depression and the New Deal. Domestic and Foreign Polities and World War II. Negro Civil Rights and the image of the U.S.A. abroad

3

Required

HIS 312

Soviet Russia

The History or Russia since 1921. The New Economic Policy. The death of Lenin, Stalinist Russia. The policy of socialism. Trotsky Opposition, Russia’s Development Plans; Russia in the 1930s.Russia in the Second World War and as a world power since 1945. The Cold War. Russia since the death of Stalin in 1953 and subsequent events.

3

Elective

His  313

Latin America 1825-1830 

The course deals with the history of the Latin American areas since Independence. The main issues include Consolidation and Independence, drive towards modernization and attempts at a radical break with the past. Reform and Revolution trends will be drawn from the histories of individual countries at different points.

3

Required

His 314

A History of Japan Since 1868

This course examines, in detail, the rise of Japan as a modern state, beginning with the Meji Restoration of 1868. Its modernization industrialization and its diplomatic role in the Far East since 1894. It also examines Japan as an imperial power in Asia, the eventual collapse of the empire in 1945, and the rise of Japan as an individual ‘giant’ since the end of the Second World War. The foreign policy of modern Japan will also be discussed.

3

Elective

HIS315

A History of Imperialism up to 1935

This is a study of imperialism as a world phenomenon. It would take examples from non- African areas.

3

Elective

HIS 316

Europe, 1750- 1919

This course examines the major themes in Europe, 1750 -1919 such as: The Age of Reason and the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars and their impact, the role of new ideas and their socio-economic and political impact, and the First World War.

3

Required

HIS 401

Historiography in Africa

Different approaches to historical writing in different epochs and cultures, Egypt and Persia, Graeco- Roman World, Early Christian, Islamic Renaissance, 17th  and  18th century Revolution in Western Historiography both Rankean and Marxist. What is History­? The problem of knowledge and explanation in history, the question of sources, objectivity in History, history and other disciplines

 

Required

HIS 402

Nigeria: Inter Group Relations

This course deals with relations between the various present. It examines communities of links and connections which have changed over time, including the factors which have been operative in determine the nature of relations- geography settlement patterns, commerce, cultural and political evolution, including state formation and empire building, war and diplomacy, external influences and contacts, the colonial experiences, the challenge of nation building etc. the aim is to give our students a deeper understanding of how and why relations between Nigerian people have come to be what they are.

3

Compulsory

HIS 403

Development: Concept And Realities In The Third World

This Course Aims At Providing And Understanding Of The Main Theories Of The Causes Of Underdevelopment In The Third World, approaches to development especially in the post-world War II period, and the historical factor facilitating and inhibiting development. Examples will be drawn from selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

3

Required

HIS 404

European Diplomatic Scene 1870-1919

This is an in-depth study of the main features of the diplomatic history of Europe, beginning from the emergence of Germany as a Great Power to the conclusion of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of the First World War. The course will examine such issues as the changing balance of power alliances and alignments; the growth of international socialism, the arms race and defence strategy of the major powers: United States, Japan, China and Europe; the approach of war and war aims; wartime diplomacy and the new diplomacy

3

Required

HIS 405

International Relations between the wars, 1919-1939

The course is a detailed examination of the issues of international relations between 1919 and 1939. It examines such themes as the emergence of the new diplomacy, the League of Nations, the war reparations, the Locarno Pact, the Manchurian crisis, the emergence of Fascims and Nazism in Europe and the approach of the Second World War.

3

Required

HIS 406

Integrated Development in East Africa, 1926-1963

The course examines in details, attempts at the integrated economic development of the East African states of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika (later Tanzania) through the establishment of the East African High Commission, and the institution of common services. The problems and strains within the commission, as well as the achievements of the common services will be closely studied and evaluated

3

Elective

HIS 407

Revolutions in History

Intensive study of the French, Russia and Chinese revolutions and their impact on the world

3

Elective

HIS 408

Problems of Nation Building in Africa Since Independence

Constraints imposed by the colonial past, problems of integration in multi-national states. Irredentism, problems of economic development and political and social stability. Establishing an acceptable political and social order. Problems of external relations

3

Required

HIS 409

Economic History of Nigeria Since 1945

This course discusses the nature, structure, growth and development of the Nigerian economy since the end of World War II. Emphasis will be placed on agricultural production, rural-urban migration, industrial efforts, internal and external trade and the organization of services.

3

Elective

HIS 410

Society and Change in West Africa Since 1919

The course examines the response of West Africans to European politico-cultural influence since 1919. Using cultural/regional groups as test-cases, it examines in particular the varying degrees of change and continuity effected in the peoples’ way of life. It also examines the role of local and foreign factors in the process of change and continuity.

3

Elective

HIS 411

The Middle East Since 1878

This course examines the political and economic problems of the region since 1878 against the background of the conflicting nationalism and foreign powers. The problems the Ottoman Empire and its successor states in the Balkan: the British and French rule in Platestine and Syria, the 2nd World War and the emergence of Israel as new nation-state, and the relationships between Israel and the Arab World since 1948 (including the various Middle East Wars) up to the camp David Agreement will be discussed

3

Elective

HIS 412

Land and Labour in Africa, 1850-1950

The course will range widely over the whole continent focusing particularly on the utilization and apportionment of land and the relationship between land and the organization of the supply of labour.

Different systems of land use and land tenure will be examined and changes occurring as a result of the impact of colonialism will be paid to areas in Africa subject to white settlement where there was large scale expropriation of land and utilization of Africa labour in industry and agriculture, e.g. Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Southern Africa; labour migration in West Africa.

3

Elective

HIS 413

Evolution of the Commonwealth of Nations Since 1867

This is a study of the stages of evolution of the Commonwealth: the Dominion status, the Imperial Conference of 1926, the Statute of West-minister of 1931, political independence within the Commonwealth, Republican status and the Common wealth, the new Commonwealth and its role in World affairs. 

3

Elective

HIS 414

Industrialization as a World Phenomenon

From a comparative study of industrialization and economic growth in Britain, Europe, U.S.A. and Japan the course attempts as a critical assessment of the African experience of industrialization.

3

Elective

HIS 420

Yorubaland and Dahomey, 1814-1864: A Study in Power Politics

This is a documentary study of war and politics in Yorubaland and Dahomey in the nineteenth century. Specifically, it examines causes and consequences of the conflicting economic-imperial interests of such states as Ibadan, Ijaye, Egba and Dahomey. The effect of external influence (exerted by Christian Missionaries, British Consular and naval officers as well as traders) on the courses of events in the area is also examined.

6

Special paper

HIS 421

Africa in International Diplomacy, 1870-76: World War I

A documentary study. The concept of alliance of power and international diplomacy in the first part of the 19th century. Impact of the emergence of new nation states. The Bismarchian system. British isolationism. Industrialization, nationalism and the “New Imperialism”, economic, political and strategic factors in the scramble, internal situations in Africa states and advancing European imperialism, regional case studies of Africa-European and inter-Africa-European and inter-African diplomacy-Egypt, Morocco, West African states for detailed study. The Entente Cordiale 1904 and the First World War. Am analysis of the peace settlement.   

6

Special paper

 

HIS 422

The First World War: Origins and Legacies 

A documentary study. The course will examine the conflict between the forces of peace and those of war in Europe socialist international and pacific movements, nationalisn; naval and military balance between the Entente and Central powers, the foreign offices and secret diplomacy; disarmament conferences and attempts arms control, the war aims of the powers. Economic competition and the struggle for scarce resources in an industrial age, the diplomacy of peace-making. Woodrow Wilson and he new diplomacy and the emergence of the League of Nation.

6

Special paper

HIS 423

The League of Nations and international Diplomacy, 1919-1939

A documentary study, woven around a selected number of documents, showing the reactions of the League of Nations to some diplomatic issues involving member states’ of the organization between 1919 and 1939

6

Special paper

HIS 424

The O.A.U.: A Study in African International Relations

A documentary study, A study of African approaches to African international relations rather than a study of an international organization. Also a study in conflict as well as co-operation between the African states with reference to the creation of O.A.U.

6

Special paper

HIS 425

The Freetown Krios in West Africa, 1808-1898

A documentary study. A study of the role of the Freetown Krios in West African development and history during the nineteenth century.

3

Special paper

HIS 426

African Nationalist Movements in Southern African Since 1884

The documentary studies woven around a selected number of documents showing various aspects of African nationalist movement in South African; the emergence of African political consciousness, the political outlook of the educated elite, nationalist organization and their tactics, organized labour in nationalist politics and the problems confronting African nationalism and Afrikaner nationalism will also be discussed with their implications for African political aspirations.

6

Special paper

HIS 427

The Western Nigeria Regional Cabinet,1954-1959

The course will examine the programmes and activities of an all- Nigerian Cabinet holding the reins of the government of the Western Region of Nigeria, 1954-1959, in a British-type parliamentary democracy. It is a study in leadership.

6

Special paper

HIS 428

Economic Co-operation in West African Thought, 1865-1965

The focus in this course on the ideas expressed by prominent members of the educated elite in the 19th and 20th centuries regarding the development of West Africa. The choice of documents, varying from time to time, would be made from writings of such men as Africans Horton, Alexander Crummell, Edward Blyden, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Leopold Senghor, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Kwame Nkrumah and others.

6

Special paper

HIS 429

The French Revolution

A documentary study focusing on the socio-political conflict on the eve of the revolution in France, the revolt of the masses and the fall of the ancient regime, the work of the Constituent Assembly, the fall of the monarchy, the extension of the war with Europe, the rise of revolutionary government, the Reign of Terror, the rise of Napoleon Bonarparte and the effects of the revolution on international relations.

6

Special paper

HIS 430

The New Deal

A documentary study focusing on the following topics; the economic crisis of 1929-33, the 1932 presidential election, the Hundred Days: major New Deal Legislations; Labour Policy and Trade Unions, the Supreme Crisis, the growth of left-wing politics; opposition to the New Deal; the 1936 and 1940 presidential elections; the impact of the New Deal on United States, politics and culture.

6

Special paper

HIS 431

Nigeria: A Study In Military Leadership, 1966-1979

A documentary study of military rule in Nigeria, 1966-1979. The course will examine in detail theories of the role of the military in nation-building in the Third World; the practice of democracy in the First Republic and military intervention, secession and civil war, programme of reconciliation and rehabilitation, economic and social development under the military regimes up to 1979. The leadership role of Nigeria in African affairs will also be discussed.

6

Special paper

HIS 432

Revolution in Buganda and Aftermath, 1875-1945

The course examines the growth of new ideas and rise of a new elite in the kingdom of Buganda, how the new elite successfully challenged royal absolutism in that kingdom and how the new elite (grouped into parties based on polico-religious ideologies) struggled for power, using the monarchy as a legitimizing factor. It also examines how the British exploited the situation to seize power in Buganda, subsequently used as a base for establishing a larger political unit called Uganda. The effect of the Buganda revolution on the socio-political development of Uganda up to 1945, is also examine

6

Special paper

HIS 446

Latin America Since 1930: The Years of Economic Experimentations

This thematic course is intended to examine the various approaches to economic development in Latin America since 1930. It focuses on import substitution industrialisation strategy, attempts at economic cooperation, the role of Transnational corporations within the framework of the dependency theory of development, and the impact of the debt burden. The course pays particular attention to developments in Mexico. 

3

Elective

HIS 499

The Long Essay

An individual study of a topic chosen by the student with the approval of a supervisor and the Head of Department. Students are free to choose topics inside and outside the special subject areas. Essays will be based on written or non-written primary and secondary sources.

6

Compulsory

*Students majoring in History must register for all Compulsory and Required Courses that are available in the session.