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International relations (IR) or international affairs (IA) — commonly also referred to as international studies (IS), global studies (GS), or global affairs (GA) — is the study of interconnectedness of politics, economics and law on a global level. Depending on the academic institution, it is either a field of political science, an interdisciplinary academic field similar to global studies, or an entirely independent academic discipline in which students take a variety of internationally focused courses in social science and humanities disciplines. In all cases, the field studies relationships between political entities (polities) such as sovereign states, inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multinational corporations (MNCs), and the wider world-systems produced by this interaction. International relations is an academic and a public policy field, and so can be positive and normative, because it analyses and formulates the foreign policy of a given state.

As political activity, international relations dates from the time of the Greek historian Thucydides (c. 460–395 BC), and, in the early 20th century, became a discrete academic field (no. 5901 in the 4-digit UNESCO Nomenclature) within political science. In practice, international relations and international affairs forms a separate academic program or field from political science, and the courses taught therein are highly interdisciplinary.

Course Allocation: 2019/2020 Session

1st Semester: 100L

  • BENIN PEOPLE & CULTURE
    GNS 102 &--2
  • FRENCH LANGUAGE
    FRN 101 &--2
  • USE OF ENGLISH & LIBRARY
    GNS 101 &--2
  • NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION DEVELOPMENT 1914-1999
    PIR 102 &--3
  • FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS
    PIR 202 &--3
  • INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    PAD 101 &--2
  • INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
    POS 101 &--3
  • INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
    PIR 101 &--3
  • PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 1
    BSA 101 &--2
1st Semester: 200L

  • INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY
    GNS 201 &--2
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN FRENCH
    FRN 201 &--2
  • INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
    POS 202 &--2
  • COLONIAL CONQUEST & INDEPENDENCE
    PIR 303 &--3
  • DEVELOPMENT OF GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
    PIR 306 &--3
  • EUROPEAN POLITICS & DIPLOMACY 1
    PIR 203 &--3
  • PRINCIPLES OF INTL. ECONOMIC RELATIONS
    ECO 235 &--2
  • INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL LAW
    LAW 231 &--3
1st Semester: 400L

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT
    GNS 401 &--2
  • ADVANCED FRENCH
    FRN 401 &--2
  • INTRO TO PEACE & CONFLICTS STUDIES
    PIR 422 &--3
  • NEW STATES IN WORLD POLITICS
    POS 404 &--2
  • ECOWAS
    PIR 421 &--3
  • OAU & AU
    PIR 403 &--3
  • CONTEMPORARY STRATEGIC STUDIES
    PIR 404 &--3
  • THIRD WORLD & DEPENDENCY
    PIR 301 &--3

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