Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

In addition or parallel to its primary research activities, the Flowers School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences offers postgraduate and undergraduate level non-degree career-enhancement courses.

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

OVERVIEW AND MISSION

Flowers School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences courses are designed to providing hands-on practical approaches to how to successfully master and apply, among others, leadership, conflict management and entrepreneurship skills as well as equipping students to pursue a long-term career within the discipline in a variety of fields.

Regional Integration

IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS:

African countries are vigorously using regional co-operation and integration as a strategy to achieve sustainable economic growth and development as well as be an effective and major player in the global marketplace. However the pace of integration has been slow and progress is very mixed. Cognisance of the slow pace of a continent-wide integration, African leadership has provided a framework under which the integration agenda would be carried out. This framework is enshrined in the 1991 Abuja Treaty of African Heads of State and Government. Under the framework of the Treaty, Africa would become an economic union by 2027, with a common currency, full mobility of the factors of production and free trade among the 53 countries that make up the continent.

 

To achieve this vision, the Treaty suggests that the process of integration or the creation of Africa Economic Community (AEC) be carried out over a period of 34 years (1994-2027), in six different stages of different duration: (1) to establish free trade areas and custom unions at the regional level; (2) to stabilize existing tariff and non-tariff barriers, customs duties and internal taxes as well strengthen sectoral integration at the sub-regional and continental levels in areas such as trade, agriculture, transport, money and finance; (3) to create free trade areas and customs unions at the level of the RECs; (4) to coordinate and harmonize tariff and non-tariff barriers among RECs, setting the stage for a free trade area and a customs union at the AEC level.; (5) to establish the African Common Market; and (6) to establish the African Economic Community (AEC) culminating in the creation of a Pan-African Economic and Monetary Union with a single currency for the continent.


PROFESSOR RAPHAEL O. OLANIYAN PhD

Course Author & Faculty

ALFRED LATIGO PhD

Course Author & Faculty

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Overview

A KEY CHALLENGE...

A key challenge in RI is the slow implementation of integration process by African countries arising from lack of necessary institutional mechanisms for achieving their objectives. This is often evident in inconsistencies between national legislation and integration commitments and mechanisms and in the absence of strong enforcement mechanisms. RI initiatives require a large degree of public management and implementation at national levels. Without an absolute commitment to implementation at the national level, there can be no progress at the sub-regional and continental levels. Therefore, doing nothing or little to implement agreed programs at the national level can severely hamper the integration agenda.

COURSE SCOPE
COURSE TOPICS
LEVERAGING INTEGRATION

To foster integration and turn it into leverage for development, member States have to come out with clear “mainstreaming” strategies for domesticating the Africa-wide RI agenda into National Development Plans (NDPs). The process of mainstreaming refers to the systematic integration of the objectives and related initiatives of RI as well as the process of creating ownership of the agenda into the overall NDPs, poverty reduction strategies and in the society in order to attain the “popular legitimacy” necessary for the success of RI. More broadly, the concept of mainstreaming RI should ultimately contribute to economic growth, poverty alleviation and overall socio-economic development. Though crucial to Africa’s development, the concept of mainstreaming RI is still little understood or practiced, hence the need to build the capacity to implement it in African countries.

PRINCIPLES OF COUNTRY-LED PROCESS
PREREQUISITES AND OBJECTIVES

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NEGOTIATION AND MEDIATION
ORGANISATIONAL CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
DEMOCRACY AND LEADERSHIP
CREATIVE WRITING & AUTHORPRENEURSHIP
BASIC RESEARCH METHODS
APPLIED STATISTICS
ACADEMIC WRITING AND PUBLICATION
NEGOTIATION AND MEDIATION
ORGANISATIONAL CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
DEMOCRACY AND LEADERSHIP

Democracy and Leadership: A Way of Life

The Democracy and Leadership: A Way of Life course introduces highly motivated individuals to the fundamental principles of Democracy and Leadership as a core competence for good leadership in African communities. Designed for an audience of diverse professional fields, the course participants will gain essential tools to develop their own leadership styles and map out executable frameworks that can help their local communities or organisations thrive.

 

Course Topics

  • So what is Democracy about?
  • Human Dignity – the Core Value of Democracy
  • Is Democracy a Western Concept?
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Paradigms of Leadership
  • Developing Leadership Core Schemes
  • Linking Democracy and Leadership

 

Prerequisites:
The core components of the course are designed for an audience of undergraduate standing and highly motivated individuals of diverse backgrounds. Senior Executives, Managers and Leaders at all levels benefit from this one semester course. The course assumes no prior knowledge of the subject material.
 

Objectives
The course is designed to:

  • Help course participants to better understand and harness the core values of democracy and good leadership in one’s community.
  • Highlight the meaning of human dignity in relation to human rights and respect for human security as a foundation for a healthy community – and leadership within.
  • Widen the leadership horizon of Africans to enable them to help their communities, societies and nations to develop positively with respect to people’s living conditions.
  • Help African refugees, former refugees, victims of war, underprivileged, those with access to education, etc., to strive for transformation into good leaders in Africa.
  • Clarify existing Leadership paradigms and to help individuals to tap into their inner resources and the resources in their communities.
  • Motivate course participants to apply the core competences for societal development.
CREATIVE WRITING & AUTHORPRENEURSHIP
BASIC RESEARCH METHODS
APPLIED STATISTICS
ACADEMIC WRITING AND PUBLICATION