Social Science

The Faculty of Social Sciences consists of the following five departments:
A Economics and Statistics
B Geography and Regional planning
C Political Science and Public Administration
D Sociology and Anthropology
E Social Work


The Faculty aims at producing graduates who are soundly trained in the Social Sciences and can bring such training to bear in whatever roles they may be called upon to play in the course of national development. The Single and Combined Honours Degree Programmes available in the Faculty cater for the diverse academic interests of students and prepare them for the variety of job situations, for example, Research, Teaching, Management and other Professional Work in both Private and Public sectors.


Each department within the Faculty has its own specific requirements with respect, to admission, into various Part-Time Programmes but these in general conform to the minimum of the University’s Matriculation Requirements.
The requirements for each department are specified in various programmes.


The Faculty of Social Sciences offers Single and Combined Honours Degree. The Degree requirements include compulsory courses in General Studies, and all students in the University are required to pass examinations in the courses before they can graduate.


Students admitted by Entrance Examination shall, in their First Year, in addition to General Studies take Full Courses from three subject areas (Departments). The most appropriate subjects area will be as defined by the major department into which a student has been admitted.
During the Second Year, the student (whether promoted from 100 level or newly admitted into 200 level by Direct Entry) takes Full Courses from his/her major department and a number of courses from the second and third subjects areas in accordance with the regulations of his/her major department. Direct Entry students will normally take the General Studies Courses this year.
At the beginning of the Third Year, students opt for Single or Combined Honours Programmes, normally on the basis of the academic standing and career plans. Single Honours Students take Full Courses exclusively from their major departments during the Third and Fourth Years. Combined Honours Students take about equal number of courses from the two Departments they are combining during the Third and Fourth Years of the Programmes.


Students who so desire and on the basis of their academic interests and/or potential, may be able to combine any two of the subject areas available in the Faculty. Students may also combine a Social Science subject with a subject offered in another Faculty.


A Student shall normally in any one academic year be allowed to register for and take a minimum of 30 Credits and not, more than 50 Credits. This means that no student can earn more than 50 Credits at the end of each academic year. However, for the avoidance of doubt, a student shall take between 15 and 16 Credits in each semester in any academic year.
Credits as used here means a series of lectures/tutorials of one hour week lasting a Semester, or a three hour practical class per week of an equivalent amount of study, or any combination of these.


Students shall register for all courses they are taking as part of their degree programmes. Students attending lectures in courses that they are not registered for shall do so only at the express permission of the lecturers in charge of the courses. However, such students shall not earn any credit from such courses.

Registration for courses have been centralized and will last a few days. Any student who fails to register within the specified days will pay a late registration fee. Specifically, there shall be only (2) two weeks for late registration for which the student shall pay a penalty of (N5,000.00) five thousand naira. After this, the student shall be required to pay (N10,000.00) ten thousand naira for another (2) two weeks.

Any student who fails to register within the specified time shall not be allowed to register in that session. and shall forfeit the benefit of taking examinations in any semester of that session except with the approval of Senate. Such a student shall be deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from the, university and may only be readmitted in any subsequent session with the approval of Senate

Late Registration Fee shall be paid to the Bursary and a receipt obtained. A student who is registering late must attach his payment receipt to his Registration Forms which are submitted at the Faculty level for onward transmission to Examinations and Records Office.

Under no circumstance shall the Faculty allow a new student to register after matriculation.

Students may drop courses for which they have registered till (4) four weeks after lectures have begun. Similarly, new courses can be added till (4) four weeks after lectures have begun in each semester.


(a) Students shall take examinations in all courses for which they are registered.
(b) Grade Point Average will be calculated on the basis of the total number of courses registered for at the registration time
(c) Marks scored for any courses not originally registered for will be disregarded.


Beginning from the 1998/99 Session, students will be required to earn the following minimum credit units as specified below: (including GS).
(a) Minimum number of credits required to remain in the Faculty and to move to the next higher level.
(i) 100 Level 24 Credits
(ii) 200 Level 20 Credits
(iii) 300 Level 18 Credits

(b) Minimum number of credits required to remain in the Faculty on probation:
(i) 100 Level 12 Credits
(ii) 200 Level 10 Credits
(iii) 300 Level 9 Credits

(c) Any Student who accumulates less than the Credits specified in (B) (b) above will be required to withdraw from the University.
(d) Average Credit Units required to graduate: 160 credits: it however varies according to departments.
(e) Submission of Application for Temporary Withdrawal on Medical grounds: if at any time during the session, a student falls ill and desires to apply for temporary withdrawal, the Medical Report in support of such an application would be accepted if presented within one month (30 days) of the students absence from school.


A candidate is not expected to spend more than five years for a three-year Honours Degree Progranune. A candidate is not expected to spend more than five years for a four-year Honours Degree Programme.


All question papers for the 100 -300 and 400 levels shall be moderated internally. In addition, external examiners shall participate in the vetting of questions and the marking of scripts for all final year examinations. They shall participate in the determination of overall result and in the classification of degree. The Faculty may also bring in external examiners at other levels when it deems it necessary.


The Head of Department shall be the Chief Examiner for his department. There shall also be an appointed Examination Officer who will be responsible to the Head of Department. He will be in charge of the conduct of examinations and the recording and return of results. The Board of Examiners in the Department consists of the Academic Staff.


Faculty Board of Examiners: There shall be a Faculty Examinations Committee consisting of all Faculty Examinations Officers. The Faculty Chief Examinations Officer shall be appointed by the Faculty Board. The function of the Faculty Examiners Committee is to plan for examinations and to prepare results for the Faculty Board of Examiners. The Faculty Board of Studies/Examiners shall meet at the end of each Session to consider the results of the examinations held in that Session.


Provisional Results shall be published by Departments after being approved by the Faculty Board of Examiners. These Provisional Results shall be in letter grades. At the end of every academic year, the Registrar shall issue to each student an authenticated result slip for that session. Students shall be given their results in terms of the following letter grades. Letter Grades introduced with effect From 1991/92 Session are:

70-100% A 5.0
60-69% B 4.0
50-59% C 3.0
45-49% D 2.0
40-44% E 1.0
0-39% F 0.0


A Transcript shall be issued on behalf of the student on demand and payment of the appropriate fees. The transcripts shall include the name of the students, date of birth and year of admission to the degree programme. All Courses taken and Grades obtained, the Degree awarded and the Signature of the appropriate University Officer(s) are included.


For each level of courses, a Grade Point Average shall be calculated. Weighting shall be determined by the number of Credits attached to each course. The student’s final grade shall be calculated from the sum of the Weighted Grade Point Averages for each level of the courses as follows:

6 – Year Programme 5 – Year Programme 4 – Year Programme  3 – Year Degree  Programme 2 – Year Degree Programme
100L 10% 10%      100 100 series-10% 100 series– Nil 300 series – 50%
200L 10% 200L l5% 200 series -20% 200 series- 30% 400 series – 50%
300 L 15% 300L 20% 300 series – 30% 300 series – 35%
400L 15% 400L 25% 400 series – 40% 400 series – 35%
500L 20% 500L 30%
600 L 30%

Plus any score awarded in the overall evaluation

The class of degree is determined by the weighted Grade Point Average. The Faculty may include an Overall Assessment in determining a student final Degree Result provided that this shall not exceed 2% of the Maximum Grade Point Average.


Class of Degree Cumulative Grade Point
Average (CGPA)
First Class Honours – 4.50-5.00
Second Class Upper Honours – 3.50-4.49
Second Class Lower Honours – 2.40 – 3.49
Third Class Honours – 1.50-2.39
Pass – 1.00-1.49
Fail – 0.0-0.99

The new Weighting system will be applicable to fresh students admitted into the University beginning with the 2003/2004 session.


The Diploma shall be classified on the basis of the following computed grade points.

4.51-5.00 – Distinction
3.51-4.50 – Credit
2.51-3.50 – Merit
1.00-2.50 – Pass


The Bachelor of Science Degree is awarded in this Faculty and the major discipline in which the degree has been taken is also indicated; e.g B.Sc Economics or B.Sc (Geography and Regional Planning). For Combined Honours, the title will indicate both subjects. For instance B.Sc (Geography and Mathematics) or B.Sc (Economics and Political Science)

Prof. Oserike

Dean of the Faculty