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About NABTEB Government Syllabus

Are you are writing Government in the upcoming NABTEB exams and you are looking for where to get information on the subject then we would like to inform you that you have come to the right place.

The NABTEB Government exam syllabus is a useful material designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the exam they are about to write. It covers topics like basic government concepts, governmental arms, globalization, idealism, etc. 

The syllabus will expose you to and help you learn about democratic principles, human rights, political participation, and the roles of government institutions. 

If you are looking to go into politics, public service, diplomacy, and governance, then you will have to write government in your exams so do well to study this syllabus and share it with your friends.

AIMS:

The aim of the course is to: 

i. expose students to the basic concepts, structures, institutions, and workings of government to prepare students to apply them in the Nigerian context and its relation with the outside world.

ii. to train students with further necessary knowledge in tackling the subject of government at the advanced level.

Marking Guide

This exam will have just one paper and will last for 3 hrs with a total of 100 marks

The paper will consist of two sections: I and II

SECTION I: This section will consist of 5 questions and candidates will be expected to answer 4 questions only.

Each question will carry 10 marks

Section II: This section will consist of 6 questions and candidates will be required to answer 4 questions.

Each question carries 15marks.

 

Government Syllabus for NABTEB Exams

  
 NABTEB GOVERNMENT SYLLABUS
SNTOPICSOBJECTIVES
 PAPER I: ELEMENTS OF GOVERNMENT
1THE MEANING OF GOVERNMENT & POLITICSi. Nature of government

ii. Definition of terms:
a) Government
b) Politics
c) Sovereignty
d) Nation
e) Nation-State

iii. Differences between Government and Politics

iv. Social nature of politics

v. Conflict and resolution

vi. Relationship between politics and other social sciences.
2BASIC GOVERNMENTAL CONCEPTSi. Identification of
a) State
b) Nation
c) Nationality Citizenship

ii. Fundamental Human Rights.
a) Power
b) Influence
c) Authority
3THE CONCEPT OF POLITICS & POLITICAL THOUGHTSi. The Philosophy and theories of:
a) Aristotle
b) Karl Marx
c) Benito Musolini Baron de Montesique
4THE CONCEPT OF CONSTITUTION AND CONSTITUTIONALISMi. Meaning and definition

ii. Types: written, unwritten, Rigid, Flexible, Unitary, Federal, Confederal etc.
5GOVERNMENTAL ARMSi. Legislature
a) Unicameralism
b) Bicameralism
c) Supremacy of constitution

ii. Executive
a) Composition and Functions

iii. Judiciary
a) Independence of Judiciary
b) Fundamental Human Rights
6SEPARATION OF POWERSi. The Principles and ideas of Montensique.

ii. Merits and Demerits
7INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSi. Definition

ii. Differences between International Politics and International relations

iii. Foreign Policy and its determinants.
8INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONSi. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
a) Functions
b) Constitution/Structure
c) Weakness

ii. African Union
a) Constitution/Structure
b) Functions
c) Problems

iii. The United Nations
a) Functions
b) Composition/Structure
c) Problems
9IMPERIALISM/GLOBAL RATIONi. Definition

ii. Relevance

iii. Activities
10POLITICAL THEORIES AND POLITICAL ECONOMYi. Definition

ii. School of thoughts

iii. Marsian, Nazism, Authoritarianism etc.

iv. Modernization

v. Underdevelopment

vi. Perspectives
11APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF POLITICSi. Instituitional approach

ii. Behavioural approach
12PARTIES AND ELECTORAL POLITICS IN NIGERIAi. Evolution of Party systems

ii. Character/Nature of Party politics/party

iii. Elections
a) Importance
b) Constraints

iv. Election Management Bodies (EMB) INEC etc.

v. Post Electoral Activities: Litigations
a) 1963
b) 1983
c) 2011
13MILITARY RULE AND CIVIL MILITARY RELATIONS IN NIGERIAi. Definition

ii. The role of military in a political system

iii. Causes of military intervention

iv. Military rule in Nigerian politics

v. Achievements and Limitations of military rule in Nigeria

vi. The challenges of civilian control of the military.
14DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
A. Development Planning
B. Public Policy
i. Meaning and Evolution of Development Administration
a) Plans and Planning
b) Execution
c) Importance and constraints
d) Determining Factors
e) Implementation
f) Importance and Constraints
 PART II: NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (NIGOPOL)
15PARTY SYSTEMS AND POLITICAL PARTIESi. Clarification of Party System
a) One party system
b) 2-party system
c) Multi-party system
d) Zero party system

ii. Political System
a) Definitions
b) Functions and
c) characteristics.
16PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONi. Definition

ii. Structure and workings of the civil service
a) privatization and commercialization of public corporations
17ISSUES IN AFRICAN POLITICSi. Colonial incursions into Africa
a) The berlin conference of 1884/1885

ii. Colonial powers, their colonies and system of administration in Africa.
a) The effects of colonial domination in Africa.
18NIGERIAN POLITICAL AND CONSTITUITIONAL DEVELOPMENTi. Pre-colonial political systems(Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Tiv)

ii. Nationalism: Its rise and growth).
19LOCAL GOVERNMENTi. Structure

ii. Functions and problem.

iii. Local Government Reform in Nigeria
20CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES
A. ENVIRONMENTAL GLOBAL ISSUES
i. Environmental Pollution
a) Forms
b) Effects

ii. HIV/AIDS
a) Causes
b) Remedies

iii. Drug Abuse and Trafficking
a) Causes
b) Remedies
21TERRORISMi. Definition

ii. Types

iii. State terrorism/individual group terrorism

iv. Cultism
a) Causes
b) Remedies

v. Crisis and Security Issues
22GENDER ISSUES, SENSITIVITY AND PRODUCTIVITYi. Discrimination and marginalization of women
a) Causes
b) Remedies
23BRIBERY AND CORRUPTIONi. Definition

ii. Types of corruption

iii. Causes/Reasons for corruption.

iv. Ways of curbing corruption
24GLOBALIZATION AND MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONSi. Functions

ii. PROBLEMS
25SOCIO-CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND
INTEGRATION IN NIGERIA
i. Meaning and types of Diversity

ii. Social Diversity
a) Social Groups
b) Sectional
c) Regional groups etc.

iii. Cultural Diversities
a) Ethnics
b) Linguistics
c) Religions etc.

iv. Political and Economic Diversities.

v. The problems/challenges of Diversities
a) The Nigerian civil war (1967-1970)
b) Religious conflicts
c) Ethnic conflicts
d) Political conflicts
e) Indigene-Settler conflicts, sectarian crises etc

vi. The Management of Diversity and the Policy of National Integration
a) The federal Character
b) The NYSC
c) Creation of States
d) Local Government creation.
e) Creation of Unity Colleges etc.

Recommended NABTEB Government Textbooks

1. ADU BOAHEN, Ghana Evolution and Change in the 19th and 20th Centuries

2. SHILLINGTON K. Ghana and the Rawlings Factor

3. A HODGKIN T. African Political Parties

4. GARBRAH H. K Foreign Policies of Major Countries, Subject Publications, New Delhi

5. ADDAE P. G. Senior Secondary School Government Bks. 1&2

6. NOFIU S. O. A. A – ONE in Government

7. ECHIEFU S. M Modern Government

8. APPADORAI A. The Substance of Politics

9. PRICE J. H. Political Institutions in West Africa

10. LEEDS C. A. Political Studies

11. AMOA G. Y. Groundwork of Government in West Africa

12. DARE AND OYEWOLE A Textbook of Government for Senior Secondary School

13. OYEDIRAN AND CO. Government for Senior Secondary School.

14. FRANCIS ADIGWE Essentials of Government

15. DENNIS AUSTIN Politics in Ghana 1946-1960

16. PRAH ISAAC Government for Senior Secondary School

FAQs

What is the structure of the NABTEB Government exam?

The NABTEB Government exam has just one paper divided into two sections. Questions from both questions will be based on the topics in the syllabus above. The exam will last for one hour.

What are the key areas I should focus on while studying for Government?

All the topics listed in the syllabus above are of great importance to you. Read and familiarize yourself with the topics and questions on them.

How can I effectively manage my time during the NABTEB Government examination?

It’s easy, spend at least 5 minutes on each question. If you do not know the answer to a question, skip it and come back later, to avoid wasting too much time on a question.

For now, the only recommended resource we would ask you to read is the syllabus above and your past questions booklet. Make these two your daily companions until the exam is over.

 

Are there any tips for passing?

Try as much as possible to read and understand the syllabus, study regularly, practice past questions as well as time management, and stay calm and focused.

Can I use my NABTEB results to study abroad?

Yes, some schools abroad accept NABTEB results in place of WAEC but it all depends on the school and program you are applying for.

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