B.Sc. Development Studies is a programme in the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is a multi- and inter-disciplinary field of study that examines societal changes within a historical, comparative and global perspective. Development Studies is a field of study that is changing and evolving seeking to understand social, economic, political, technological and cultural aspects of societal change particularly in developing countries taking into account the specificity of different societies. At present NOUN is the only public-funded university offering an undergraduate Degree in Development Studies and the nature of the Degree programme enables learners to develop specialist knowledge in studying the process of unrestrained social and structural change and how these differences can translate into varied ‘local’ responses to national and regional strategies for development. Students at NOUN will be taught to develop interdisciplinary thinking and be prepared for further study or employment in government, multilateral institutions and the ‘third sector’. The curriculum focuses on topics such as the Theory and History of Development, the relationship between Development and Culture, Poverty, Inequality, Gender, Migration, Urbanization, Space and the Environment, others includes Development Policies, Rights-Based Approaches, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity, Globalization, Migration, Sustainable Development, and Human Development Public Health, Epidemics, Social Movements, Global Justice, Human Rights and the Nigeria Political Economy.
1.1 Name of the Programme: B.Sc. Development Studies
B.Sc. Development Studies programme shall run for a minimum of 8 semesters and a maximum of 16 semesters for students entering at 100 level; a minimum of 6 semesters and a maximum of 12 semesters for direct entry students.
The course prepares learners to reflect and to develop specialist knowledge in studying the process of unrestrained social and structural change and how these differences can translate into varied ‘local’ responses to national and regional strategies for development. Therefore, the programme will produce graduates equipped with skills, capabilities and appropriate knowledge through flexible and accessible learning in order to make their contribution to national and global development.
To be known as world class department and institute, offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Development Studies through highly accessible and enhanced quality education.
To provide functional, cost-effective, flexible learning, that adds life-long value to quality of education for all who seek knowledge in line with National Policy on education and that of the National Open University of Nigeria.
The programme aims at providing knowledge needed for critical examination and understanding of the preconditions for, and the process of development. It seeks to produce professionals and academics that will address national and international developmental issues.
On completion of the programme, learners should be able to:
i. Analyse contemporary development policy challenges as well as provide feasible and appropriate solutions to developmental issues.
ii. Identify socio-economic and political problems using necessary skills and competence acquired.
iii. Explain with appropriate analytical framework to address socio-economic and political problems of developing nations.
iv. Evaluate multidisciplinary perspectives on development studies so as to provide opportunities to deepen knowledge on developmental issues.
v. Analyse global politics, social-economic trends and issues which are relevant to a whole range of careers in both private and public institutions as well as international development agencies/organizations.
i. Five Ordinary Level (O/L) credit passes at not more than two sittings including English Language, Mathematics (Pass), any of Economics, Government, Civic Education, Geography, Commerce, Agricultural Science and any other two subjects at WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and their equivalent bodies.
In addition to 5 credit passes at the Ordinary Level including English Language, Mathematics any of Economics, Government, Civic Education, Geography, Commerce, Agricultural Science, candidates for direct entry must have any of the following:
NOTE: University Diploma and Ordinary National Diploma must be from recognised tertiary institutions.
I. Two A level passes chosen from relevant subjects (e.g. IJMB).
II. Minimum of lower credit at OND level or pass at HND level in any relevant courses from recognised institutions.
III. Minimum of Merit pass in NCE level in Business Education (Accounting), and Economics combination.
IV. Minimum of Upper Credit at Diploma level in related courses from recognized universities.
V. Holders of recognized relevant full professional qualifications such as ACA, ICAN, ANAN, ACIB, ACCA, ACIS, NIM, CIPM, ACMA or its equivalent.
To satisfy the University Regulation for award of B.Sc. Development Studies, students must have a minimum of 120 credit units. The courses are to be selected from both the compulsory and electives courses. A student is expected to register for at least 15 credit units and maximum of 24 credit units per semester. The maximum credit unit may be waved in exceptional circumstances on the merits of each case by the head of Department on behalf of the Senate to reflect the ODL mode of the University.