Nigerian People and Culture

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COURSE GUIDE

GST 201

COURSE
GUIDE
GST 201
NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE
Course Developer/ Writer

Dr. Cyrille D. Ngamen Kouassi
Department of
Sociology/Anthropology
Igbinedion University, Okada
Benin-City

Course Editor

Prof. Bertram A. Okolo
Faculty of Arts
University of Benin
Benin-City

Programme Leader

Prof. Yesufu
Dean School of Arts and
Social Sciences
National Open University of Nigeria
Victoria-Island, Lagos

Course Co-ordinator

Prof. Yesufu
Dean School of Arts and
Social Sciences
National Open University of Nigeria
Victoria-Island, Lagos

NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA
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COURSE GUIDE

GST 201

National Open University of Nigeria
Headquarters
14/16 Ahmadu Bello Way
Victoria Island
Lagos
Abuja Office
No 5 Dar es Salam Street
Off Aminu Kano Crescent
Wuse II, Abuja
Nigeria
e-mail: centralinfo@nou.edu.ng
URL: www.nou.edu.ng
Published by:
National Open University of Nigeria 2008
First Printed 2008
ISBN: 978-058-425-0
All Rights Reserved

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COURSE GUIDE

GST 201

CONTENTS

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Introduction......................................................................... 1 What you will Learn in this Course……………………… 1 Course Aims......................................................................... 1 Course Objectives................................................................. 2 Working through the Course................................................ 2 Course Materials………………………………………….. 2 Study Units........................................................................... 3 Textbooks and References…………………………………... 4

Assignment……………………………………………….. 4 Presentation Schedule…………………………………….. 4 Assessment........................................................................... 4 - 5 Tutor-Marked Assignment………………………………... 5 Final Examination and Grading…………………………… 5 Course Marking Scheme………………………………….. 6 Course Overview………………………………………….. 6 - 7 How to Get the Most from this Course……………………. 7 - 8 Facilitators/Tutors and Tutorials…………………………….. 89

Summary…………………………………………………… 9 - 10

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Introduction
GST 201: Nigerian Peoples and Culture is a one-semester 2-credit unit course. It is made up of 14 units which treat the Nigerian's perception of his world, culture areas of Nigeria and their characteristics, evolution of Nigeria as a political unit, concept of functional education, social justice, individual and national development, norms and values and moral obligations of citizens.

There are no compulsory pre-requisites for this course. The course guide tells you briefly what the course is all about, what you are expected to know in each unit, what course materials you will be using and how you can work your way through these materials. It also emphasizes the need for tutor-marked assignments. Detailed information on tutor-marked assignments is found in a separate file which will be sent to you later. There are periodic tutorial classes that are linked to the course.

What You will Learn in this Course
The overall aim of GST 201: Nigerian Peoples and Culture is to introduce you to the history of traditional Nigerian peoples and culture. This course also attempts to trace the pre-colonial history and the culture areas of Nigeria and the evolution of the country as a political unit. This course will also teach you how to analyze and understand people's cultures from a historical, sociological and anthropological angle.

Thus, your understanding of Nigerian peoples and culture will equip you, not only to have a sound knowledge of Nigeria, but also to teach other people too.

Course Aims
The major aim of this course is to help you understand and have a sound knowledge of the traditional Nigerian peoples and culture. This will be achieved by:






Introducing you to the traditional Southern and Northern Nigerian peoples and culture;
Helping you understand the evolution of Nigeria as a political unit; Highlighting...
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