The General Studies Unit, FUTA
The General Studies Unit was established at the inception of the University as a non-degree awarding department, providing for the cultural socialization needs of the students of Science and Technology. To this end, it provides programmes in English, the Humanities and Social Science. The courses in the Unit are intended to aid communication and the understanding of the social structure within which Science and Technology develop, and the relationship of the scientist with his/her society. General Studies courses are aimed at producing graduates who can make their professions relevant to contemporary problems and needs of the Nigerian society. In addition to this, the General Studies Unit provides training at sub-degree and post-graduate level in Management and Financial Studies. The Department’s programme equip the students with the following: Instruction in communication, study skills and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to the end that:
i. they learn and communication more effectively in English as a second language.
ii. make useful intellectual and academic contributions to topical environmetnal issues such as HIV/ AIDS, Pollution, Forest Conservation, Natural Disasters and the likes. Their contributions will take the form of class seminars and a word-processed supervised term paper that has undergone peer-review.
iii. provide opportunity for students to develop multiliteracies using the channels of the new media such as the internet, to garner information for class assignments.
The Unit’s programmes equip the students with the following:
(i) Instruction in English for Academic Purposes/ English for Science and Technology EAP/EST to students of various disciplines to the end they can learn and communicate more effectively in English as a second language.
(ii) Knowledge of African History, Society and Culture, for the understanding of the past and present; the peculiarities of the African political, economic, the technological system and the problem of under-development.
(iii) Knowledge of the African Cultural Identity, respect for moral norms and societal values in order to strengthen a sense of national awareness, loyalty, identity and unity.
(iv) Knowledge of the structure of the Nigerian economy and the process of employing the scarce productive resources to achieve economic self sufficiency.
(v) Orientation needed for the integration of scientific and technological knowledge for socio-economic development and improvement of the quality of life of Nigerian citizens.
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