Courses Catalogue

State And The Economy

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Public Adminstration, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

The course is designed to facilitate students to understand the political economy of Africa in particular and the rest of the world in general. The course will focus on the process of state formation in Africa and the nature of the African economies before colonialism. The idea of development shall be explored.  The emergency imperialism / colonialism and its impact on the native societies and the transition to independence shall be examined.  This will be done to understand the major obstacles in the way of development in the present historical period.

The course shall further examine the post – colonial government in Africa, their structures, functions, policies and the political processes, which have either undermined them or sustained them. The course shall examine a number of development theories, their effects on the third world.  The role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the World Bank, shall in particular, be examined in this regard.  The alternative propositions shall be made.  This will enable students to fully understand the complexity of the relations between the state and economy and how the past has shaped the present.


The course is intended to enable students be able to;

  • To examine the transition processes of African and European societies.
  • To identify colonial states and the anti – colonial nationalist movements that arose therein.
  • To discuss the various theories of development and assess their relevance to the development of Africa.

By the end of the course, students should be able to;

  • Examine the transition of African European societies.
  • Determine the colonial state and the anti – colonial nationalist movements.
  • Discuss the theories of development and their application in Africa.
  • Assess the impact of SAPs on the development strategy of Africa.
  • Evaluate the relevancy of political economy on both the current and future generation.