University of Ghana Political Science Course Outline

University of Ghana Political Science Course Outline

POLI 476: Politics of the Industrialized Countries – Europe/North AmericaThis is a study of the institutional, economic and social politics on the region using 2 countries as examples. POLI 474: Politics in Developing Countries – Northern AfricaThe course is a study of the institutional, economic and social bases of politics (both internal and external) of the region using 2 countries as examples.
POLI 468: Human Rights in AfricaThe course will look at Theories of human rights, human rights instruments, institutions and practices; global response to human rights issues, migration. POLI 467: The Military and Politics in GhanaThe course explores factors determining military intervention in politics and disengagement; social economic and political consequences of military regimes.
POLI 466: Politics of Constitution-Making in GhanaThe course examines the purpose and functions of constitutions; historical, political and economic factors and social forces that shape constitutions; the process of constitution-making, its dynamics, the issues and contexts; models of constitution-making… POLI 464: Politics and the Bureaucracy in AfricaThe course will deal with the State, clientelism, prebendalism, corruption and their impact on bureaucracy, appointment and training etc.
POLI 463: Modern African ThinkersThe course will be a survey of African Political Thought regarding Pan-Africanism, Negritude, Nationalism, Socialism and Development as expounded by Senghor, Nkrumah, Toure, Nyerere, Cabral, Kaunda, Awolowo, Azikiwe, Fanon, et POLI 462: Public Sector Reforms and Social DevelopmentThe course will focus on analyses of the role the public sector in social development; costs and benefits; changing structure of, and perspectives on, the public sector; its political dynamics and impact on social development.
POLI 461: U.S. Policy towards AfricaThis is an overview and analysis of US policy towards Africa and the factors that shape them. POLI 459: Decentralization and Local GovernanceThe course deals with the structure, nature and patterns of local politics; local governance and administration – structure, practice and problems
POLI 458: Politics of Identity in GhanaThe course will deal with ethnic, regional, religious and other factors shaping forms of political action and alignments and forms of state response. POLI 457: Human Resource Development and ManagementStudents will be exposed to the nature and scope of human resource management (HRM); the context of HRM; the politics of labour laws; trade unions and industrial relations; employee resourcing and careers; motivating employees, financial rewards and…
POLI 456: NGOs and Development in AfricaThe course will examined the crisis of the state and development in Africa, emergence of NGOs – the international and national dimensions/factors, the role of NGOs and the state in grassroots and national development POLI 455: Post- Conflict Peace-Building and Transitional JusticeThe course focuses on issues of post-conflict reconstruction and security – arms proliferation, drug trafficking, mercenaries as well as institutions of transitional justice – International Criminal Court, Truth Commissions, Special courts and tribunals….
POLI 454: Civil-Military Relations in AfricaThe course will explore Theories of civil- military relations; patterns of civil military relations in African countries under colonial rule, and in post colonial African countries – a comparative analysis of formal mechanisms and institutions of civil… POLI 453: Gender and PoliticsThis course will include topics such as theories of gender relations; sexual hierarchy and sexual division of labour, domination and subordination in private and public domains; gender an the problem of access, acquisition, distribution and control of assets/…
POLI 452: Political and Economic Reform and Democracy in AfricaThe course deals with topics such as the politics of reform and the transition to democracy – internal and external influences; nature of democracy, forms of existing democracy; factors shaping democratic practices and problems and challenges. POLI 451: Markets, Politics and Society in GhanaThis course will be a study of the interface between market reforms, politics and society, in particular the changing constitution of the state and effects on human rights; changing social relations, notions of rights and responsibilities.
POLI 449: Politics in Developing Countries – Western AfricaThis course is designed as a study of the institutional, economic and social bases of politics (both internal and external) of the region using 2 countries as examples. POLI 448: Issues in Africa’s International RelationsThis course is a study of current trends and forces that shape Africa’s relations in the global system, e.g., Globalisation, NEPAD, Human Security, Debt, HIV/AIDS, Environment, Arms proliferation, WTO etc.
POLI 447: Foreign Policy AnalysisThis is a study of issues, principles, and factors that influence foreign policy decisions; and also the various stages, procedures and mechanisms involved. POLI 446: Ghana’s Foreign PolicyFactors underlying the foreign policy options of various governments since 1957 will be examined.
POLI 445: Politics of International Economic RelationsThis course will explore the relations between international politics and international relations; perspectives on international political/economic relations; the post-war economic order and its impact on African countries; globalization and the developing… POLI 443: Applied Political ResearchThe following areas will be covered in this course: Research topic, problematizing research, literature review- reasons and scope: data collection: sampling types, probability and nonprobability samples; direct (e.g. field study) and indirect observation:…
POLI 442: Social and Political TheoryThis course will focus on the nature and task of political theory; its relation to other social science disciplines as well as Normative and empirical political theory. POLI 441: Political Economy of Africa’s Development since IndependenceThis course deals with analyses of domestic and global forces influencing Africa’s development; changing global power structure and development strategies and trends in Africa.
POLI 400: Independent StudyThis course is spread over 2 semesters. Students are encouraged to conduct an independent research-based study on a topic approved by the Department on the basis of which they will write an essay of not more than 10,000 words. POLI 374: Politics of Industrial Relations in GhanaThis is a survey of the context and dynamics State-Labour relations since 1950s.
POLI 372: Political Thought in the Black DiasporaThis course focuses on anti-colonial thinking among African-Americans on Cultural Nationalism, Pan Africanism and Socialism. POLI 368: Politics in Developing Countries – East and Southern AfricaThe course will examine the institutional, economic and social determinants of politics (both internal and external) using two countries politics from the region as case study.
POLI 367: Introduction to American PoliticsThis course will explore the workings of the federal system of government in theory, practice and structure. POLI 366: Politics and Civil Society in GhanaThe idea and emergence of civil society; theories of civil society; civil society and protection of human rights and democratic values.
POLI 365: Environmental PoliticsThis is a study of changing patterns of resource extraction and their impact of environmental sustainability; international conventions, community rights and environmental movements; conflicts and livelihoods. POLI 364: Public Policy Process in GhanaThis course is a study of the processes of public policy making as a complex interplay of social interests and factors, lobbying; advocacy, coalition building.
POLI 364: Methods of Political ResearchThe course will introduce students to inductive and deductive methods; research designexperimental, Non-experimental (e.g. case study) design etc: formulating a research question or problem, and explaining or defining the problem – independent and… POLI 363: Terrorism and Global SecurityThis course will cover traditional theories of global security; changing patterns of security; emergence of terrorist networks – origins, nature, methods/processes and impact on global security.
POLI 362: Development AdministrationThe nature and scope of development and development administration; administrative reform and innovation etc will be on focus. POLI 362: Modern Western Political ThoughtThis is a study of selected European thinkers Bodin, Montesquieu and James Madison on the rise of modern state, and the separation of powers and grounds of political obligation and civil disobedience by Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau etc.
POLI 361: Governance and LeadershipThe course will look at the concept of governance, leadership, theories, forms of leadership – traditional, corporate, political etc; relationships between governance and leadership; the role of governance and leadership in promoting development;… POLI 359: Public Policy MakingsModels of public policy making and implementation; policy environment; policy networks and communities; conditions to effective public policy making will be the focus.
POLI 358: Conflict and Society in AfricaThe course focuses on the Structure and effects of conflicts; refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other vulnerable groups –women, children, the disabled, the aged, etc. POLI 357: Organization TheoryThe focus of the course will be the structure and functioning of organizations and the behaviour of groups and individuals within them. Theories of organisation, e.g. structural, group/behavioural, individual, decision making and policy analysis as well as…
POLI 356: Strategies of Development in AfricaThe course will involve discussion of main approaches to development including the neo-liberal, import substitution industrialization, export-led industrialization, state-led industrialization, basic needs approach, ERP/SAPs, HIPC, African-based strategies… POLI 355: Identities and Conflicts in AfricaThis course will explore theories of identity, identity crisis and governance and their impact on the state, constitutions, development – civil wars, ethnic and religious strives, minority conflicts – with case studies.
POLI 354: State-Society Relations in Ghana since IndependenceThe changing relations between the state and society; the underlying factors (including civil society, military coups); implications for democracy and human security will be explored. POLI 353: Theories of Development and UnderdevelopmentThe course will provide a review of some of the main works on the theories of development and underdevelopment –classical, liberal and Marxist theories; Rostow, Frank, Amin, Wallerstein.
POLI 352: Issues in Comparative PoliticsCurrent and pertinent issues in the study of comparative politics will be considered. POLI 351: Africa: Political Economy of ColonialismThe course will be on the forces that shaped the colonization of Africa; colonialism and its social, economic and political impact on Africa; liberation movements, struggles for independence.
POLI 349: Ghana from Colonialism to IndependenceThe course will focus on analyses of colonial policies and their impact – social, economic and political; the anti-colonial struggle. POLI 348: Regional IntegrationThis will be an explanation of Changing patterns and structure of integration globally; analyses and assessment of the African experience
POLI 347: International Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Human RightsThe course will deal with the nature, sources and types of international conflict, conflict behaviour among states, mechanisms for conflict resolution (e.g. negotiations, mediation, arbitration), peace and justice and institutions like International Court of… POLI 346: Africa in the Global SystemThis course is about the history and dynamics of world economy and global power configurations; impact on Africa and Africa’s responses.
POLI 345: International OrganizationsTopics to be treated in this course include the aims, objectives and problems of the League of Nations, the aims, objectives, problems and future roles of the United Nations and its agencies, the OAU/African Union, ECOWAS and European Union. POLI 343: Introduction to Political ResearchThe course will introduce students to aims and objectives social research; different approaches to research-e.g. empirical research – and their characteristics; problems of verification, objectivity generalization, explanation (theory building) and…
POLI 341: Ancient and Medieval Political ThoughtThis is a study of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas and Machiavelli. POLI 214: Introduction to Comparative PoliticsThe course deals with basic elements and methods of comparing politics among nations with case studies. There will be an introduction to key theories: functionalism, modernization, behaviouralism approach, dependency, etc.
POLI 213: Introduction to Public AdministrationThis course is an introduction to the basic ideas, concepts, principles and theories of public administration, decentralization, co-production, role of state in national investment etc. POLI 212: Introduction to International PoliticsThe course examines the nature, scope and meaning of international politics; theory and its relevance to international politics, the traditional-scientific debate; the concept of national interest actors in international politics- state, governmental, non-…
POLI 211: Introduction to Development StudiesThis course provides an introduction to the basic ideas, concepts, principles and theories of development studies. POLI 112: Political InstitutionsThis is a study of African traditional political institutions and modern political institutions including the executive, legislature, judiciary, bureaucracy, forms of representation and electoral process, pressure groups and political
POLI 347: International Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Human RightsThe course will deal with the nature, sources and types of international conflict, conflict behaviour among states, mechanisms for conflict resolution (e.g. negotiations, mediation, arbitration), peace and justice and institutions like International Court of… POLI 346: Africa in the Global SystemThis course is about the history and dynamics of world economy and global power configurations; impact on Africa and Africa’s responses.
POLI 345: International OrganizationsTopics to be treated in this course include the aims, objectives and problems of the League of Nations, the aims, objectives, problems and future roles of the United Nations and its agencies, the OAU/African Union, ECOWAS and European Union. POLI 343: Introduction to Political ResearchThe course will introduce students to aims and objectives social research; different approaches to research-e.g. empirical research – and their characteristics; problems of verification, objectivity generalization, explanation (theory building) and…
POLI 341: Ancient and Medieval Political ThoughtThis is a study of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas and Machiavelli. POLI 214: Introduction to Comparative PoliticsThe course deals with basic elements and methods of comparing politics among nations with case studies. There will be an introduction to key theories: functionalism, modernization, behaviouralism approach, dependency, etc.
POLI 213: Introduction to Public AdministrationThis course is an introduction to the basic ideas, concepts, principles and theories of public administration, decentralization, co-production, role of state in national investment etc. POLI 212: Introduction to International PoliticsThe course examines the nature, scope and meaning of international politics; theory and its relevance to international politics, the traditional-scientific debate; the concept of national interest actors in international politics- state, governmental, non-…
POLI 211: Introduction to Development StudiesThis course provides an introduction to the basic ideas, concepts, principles and theories of development studies. POLI 112: Political InstitutionsThis is a study of African traditional political institutions and modern political institutions including the executive, legislature, judiciary, bureaucracy, forms of representation and electoral process, pressure groups and political
POLI 111: Introduction to the study of Political ScienceDefinition(s) of Political Science; nature, scope. key approaches to the study of Political Science; outline of the various branches of Political Science and some basic political processes – including rule making, policy making, rule application and rule… * POLI 465: Policy Monitoring and EvaluationThe course will examine the concepts of monitoring and evaluation; types of monitoring and evaluation; the role of evaluators; criteria and techniques for policy monitoring and evaluation and case studies.
POLI 472: Public Finance AdministrationThe course will deal with Public finance policy; welfare criteria and market failure; public and private goods; collective decision making and the search for the public interest; public expenditure growth; the basic concepts in taxation and problems of tax… POLI 444: Electoral Politics and Democracy in GhanaThe course is a study of the factors shaping electoral politics – social, structural, political factors; changing patterns of electoral politics; meaning of elections and democracy; the interplay between the dynamics of elections and democracy etc.

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