This assessment by PositiveNaija aims to provide a reliable guide on the overall standard of Nigerian universities offering international relations, studies and diplomacy as academic courses and degrees.
This inaugural assessment is a part of a periodic monitoring by PositiveNaija on selected disciplines/courses offered by Nigerian universities, which largely constitute the core areas of the work done on PositiveNaija with the aim of promoting the culture of impactful scholarship and academic excellence in the Nigerian educational sector.
The core disciplines/courses include:
- Anthropology and Sociology
- International Relations, Studies and Diplomacy
- Mass Communication (Journalism and Media Studies, Public Relations, etc.)
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 politics, economics and law on a global level. International relations is concerned primarily with the 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 draws from the fields of politics, economics, international law, communication studies, history, demography, geography, sociology, anthropology, criminology and psychology.
The scope of international relations encompasses issues such as globalization, diplomatic relations, state sovereignty, international security, ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, economic development, global finance, terrorism, and human rights.
“Unite we must. Without necessarily sacrificing our sovereignties, we can forge a political union based on defence, foreign affairs and diplomacy, and a common citizenship, an African currency, a monetary zone and a central bank. We must unite in order to achieve the full liberation of our continent.”
– Kwame Nkrumah