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WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$246 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Throughout human existence, the subject of power, politics and government has been very contentious as it often has a bearing on the quality of life and people’s hopes and aspirations.
Fundamentally, then, Political Science examines the origin, development and operation of political systems using historical, comparative, interpretative, critical, quantitative and qualitative methods.

While it studies and analyses current political issues, Political Science dates back to the ancient world, having been shaped by the works of Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke among others. Sub-disciplines in Political Science include Political Theory, Political Ideology, Political Philosophy, Political Economy, Policy Study & Analysis, Comparative Politics and International Relations. Altogether, these sub-disciplines may be used to investigate or address issues such as executive power, human rights, elections, legislation, public opinion, foreign policy, propaganda and war.

Globally, there is deep mistrust and cynicism about politics and public leadership. Political Scientists ascribe this to the failure of governments to tackle critical issues such as healthcare, employment and fair allocation of public resources. Consequently, there is growing concern for Political Scientists to play a deeper watchdog role by assessing the impact of government policies, efficiency of public services and proposed alternatives.

Extensive knowledge of political systems, institutions and policies is also in high demand by civil society groups, media houses, think- tanks and labour unions. Besides, as the world becomes more interconnected through trade, tourism and migration, Political Scientists monitor and evaluate the likely effects of foreign policies and relations [such as those inherent to Middle East & North America] on local government, business and general population.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the major concepts, theories and methods of political science.
• Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nature of government process, functions of political systems and structure and roles of institutions and constitution.
• Be able to apply fundamental principles and theories in political science to practical situations.
• Attain working knowledge of the research methods and techniques deployed by political scientists to analyse issues on politics and government.
• Develop critical thinking and communication skills with the ability to work in a team.

This programme also run through the Distance Education mode. The delivery is a combination of E-learning and face to face interactive sessions (blended/hybrid teaching approach). Students are provided with E-learning resources/materials for the programme.
Tutorials are held at weekends, and students interact online with their lecturers, tutors and other students using the Learning Management system (SAKAI).

ADVANTAGES OF STUDYING BY DISTANCE
• A flexible course delivery to fit your busy schedule.
• User friendly written course materials.
• Choice of Centre
• Equal access to higher education.

Curriculum

LEVEL 100 (First Year)

First Semester

Course Title

Credits

Academic Writing 1

3

Numeracy Skills

3

Science and Technology in our Lives

3

Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning

3

Introduction to the Study of Political Science

3

2 courses from 2 other assigned Departments

6

Minimum Credits Required

15

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

*UGRC 110

Academic Writing 1

3

*UGRC 120

Numeracy Skills

3

*UGRC 141-146

Science and Technology in our Lives

3

*UGRC 150

Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning

3

POLI 112

Political Institutions

3

Other Subjects

2 courses from 2 other assigned Departments

6

Minimum Credits Required

15

LEVEL 200

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

*UGRC 210

Academic Writing II

3

UGRC 220-238*

Introduction to African Studies

3

POLI 211

Introduction to Development Studies

3

POLI 213

Introduction to Public Administration

3

Other Subjects

2 Courses from the other assigned Department

6

Minimum Credits Required

15

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

*UGRC 210

Academic Writing II

3

* UGRC 220-238

Introduction to African Studies

3

POLI 212

Introduction to International Politics

3

POLI 214

Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

OTHER SUBJECTS

2 Courses from the other assigned Department

6

Minimum Credits Required

15

LEVEL 300

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

POLI 341

Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

3

POLI 343

Introduction to Political Research

3

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVES

POLI 345:

International Organizations

3

POLI 347:

Int’l Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights

3

POLI 349:

Ghana: From Colonialism to Independence

3

POLI 351:

Africa: Political Economy of Colonialism

3

POLI 357:

Organization Theory

3

POLI 359:

Public Policy Making

3

POLI 363:

Terrorism and Global Security

3

OTHER

Any ONE course from the other assigned subject/

3

SUBJECT

Department

Minimum Credits Required

15

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

POLI 342

Modern Western Political Thought

      3

POLI 344

Methods of Political Research

      3

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVES

POLI 346

Africa and the Global System

      3

POLI 352:

Issues in Comparative Politics

      3

POLI 356:

Strategies of Development in Africa

      3

POLI 358:

Conflict and Society in Africa

      3

POLI 362:

Development Administration

      3

POLI 364:

Public Policy Process in Ghana

      3

OTHER SUBJECT

Any ONE course from the other assigned subject/ Department

      3

Minimum Credits Required

15

LEVEL 400

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

POLI 441

Political Economy of Africa’s Development since Independence

3

POLI 443

Applied Political Research

3

Prescribed electives

POLI 445

Politics of International Economic Relations

3

POLI 447

Foreign Policy Analysis

3

POLI 449

Politics in Developing Countries – West Africa

3

POLI 453

Gender and Politics

3

POLI 455

Post-Conflict Peace-Building and Transitional Justice

3

POLI 457

Human Resource Development and Management

3

POLI 459

Decentralization and Local Govt. Administration

3

POLI 461

U.S. Policy Towards Africa

3

Minimum Credits Required

15

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

POLI 442

Social and Political Theory

3

POLI 444

Electoral Politics and Democracy in Ghana

3

Prescribed electives

POLI 446:

Ghana’s Foreign Policy

3

POLI 448

Issues in Africa’s International Relations

3

POLI 452:

Political and Economic Reform & Democracy in Africa

3

POLI 454:

Civil-Military Politics in Ghana since Independence

3

POLI 458:

Politics of Identity in Ghana

3

POLI 464:

Politics and the Bureaucracy in Africa

3

Free electives

3

POLI 468

Human Rights in Africa

3

POLI 472

Public Finance Administration

3

Minimum Credits Required

15

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Entry requirements:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies

Electives: Credit passes in any three elective subjects

Applicants must have the following WASSCE subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Elective Mathematics
Computer Science – Elective Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Credit passes in any Three (3) Elective subjects.

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Further Mathematics
Computer Science – Further Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

American High School:
American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:
GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ Levels

Entry requirements:

Passes in any Three (3) ‘A’ Level subjects

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
Computer Science – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
French – ‘A’ Level French
English – ‘A’ Level English Literature
Geography – ‘A’ Level Geography

International Baccalaureate:
Bachelor of Arts
Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects.
Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Mathematics
Computer Science – Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).

For Distance Education

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Applicants must possess at least credits (A1- C6 in WASSCE and A-D in SSSCE) in English, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science (for Science applicants) or Social Studies (for non-science applications) and three elective subjects in General Arts/ Business/Science. In addition, applicants should also have at least a grade C6 in WASSCE/D in SSSCE in Integrated Science/Core Science.

DIPLOMA APPLICANTS (DIPLOMA TO DEGREE)
You must possess an FGPA OF 3.25 or better from University of Ghana and passes in five subjects including English Language at the GCE ‘O’ level or credit in all the core subjects and two electives at the WASSCE/SSCE level or credit in all the core subjects and two electives at the WASSCE/ SSCE level. Diploma holders from institutions affiliated to university of Ghana may also apply. The Diploma course should be offered at the degree level .All post Diploma students are admitted at level 200.The degree course should be in the same area of the Diploma.

HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMAS(HND)
HND holders from recognised polytechnics/technical universities with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 4.00 or better in programmes that will be advertised, are eligible to apply to the SAME area of study, and where required, supported with one other subject in a related field, for admission. In addition, such applicants MUST have WASSSCE/SSSCE passes in three (3) core subjects and (2) electives in the appropriate subjects or credit passes in five subjects including English Language, Science and Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ level as well as passes in two subjects at the GCE ‘A’ level. Applicants may be asked to write an entrance examination and or attend an interview as part of the admission process. All HND holders will be admitted to Level 200 in the same area subject as their HND qualification.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
These include International Baccalaureate (IB), IGCSE, GCSE, the America Grade12 and 13 examinations and other external qualifications, which have equivalences to SSCE/ WASSCE and the GCE.

MATURE STUDENTS
Mature persons who do not satisfy the approved requirements may apply for admission. Applicants must be at least 25 years at the time of application, attend and complete the University of Ghana Access Course and pass the Mature Students’ Entrance Examination conducted by the University.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

1. GHANAIAN APPLICANTS
University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

DIPLOMA/HND TO DEGREE APPLICANTS
After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GHANAIANS APPLYING FROM ABROAD
International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch
Swift: ECOCGHAC

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

The BA Political Science Programme is highly valued in a wide spectrum of career areas including local and national government, nongovernmental organisations, business, education, electoral politics, journalism, publishing, diplomatic corps, policy and advocacy. Postgraduate studies will lead to further career options in law, government, business and education.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $246
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,502

Lecturers

Maame A. A. Gyekye-Jandoh
Senior Lecturer & Head of Department
mgjandoh@ug.edu.gh

Abdulai Kuyini Mohammed
Lecturer
mkabdulai@ug.edu.gh

Abeeku Essuman-Johnson
Associate Professor
essumanj@ug.edu.gh

Alexander Kaakyire Duku FREMPONG
Senior Lecturer
akdfrempong@ug,edu.gh

Bossman Eric Asare
Senior Lecturer
beasare@ug.edu.gh

Emmanuel Debrah
Associate Professor
ekdebrah@ug.edu.gh

Evans Aggrey-Darkoh
Senior Lecturer
eaggrey-darkoh@ug.edu.gh

Iddi Ziblim
Lecturer
iziblim@ug.edu.gh

Isaac Owusu-Mensah
Senior Lecturer
iomensah@ug.edu.gh

Kumi Ansah-Koi
Senior Lecturer
kakoi@ug.edu.gh

Kwame A. Ninsin
Emeritus Professor
email@ug.edu.gh

Kwame Asah-Asante
Lecturer
rasah-asante@ug.edu.gh

Kwame Boafo-Arthur
Professor
boafoarthur@ug.edu.gh

Kwesi Jonah
Senior Lecturer
email@ug.edu.gh

Nene-Lomotey Kuditchar
Lecturer (on study leave)
lkuditchar@ug.edu.gh

Nicholas Amponsah
Senior Lecturer
amponsah@ug.edu.gh

Ransford Edward Gyampo
Associate Professor
revgyampo@ug.edu.gh

Seidu Mahama Alidu
Senior Lecturer
email@ug.edu.gh

Stevens K. M. Ahiawordor
Senior Lecturer
email@ug.edu.gh

Relevant Contact

Prof.
Maame A. A. Gyekye-Jandoh
Head of Department
 
Department of Political Science
Responsible for admission inquiries