Senior Secondary School Curriculum Government-

NERDC Curriculum Government SS1

Government Curriculum Lagos State for SS1 Second Term

  1. TYPES AND CHARACTERISTICS OF GOVERNMENT: Presidential System of Government; Parliamentary System of Government.
  2. Nazism.
  3. Monarchy- Definition, Forms, Merits and Demerits, Features: Republican Government-Meaning, Features: Military Government- Features, Reasons for Military Intervention, Differences Between Republican and Monarchy.
  4. Constitution: Definition, Sources, Features, Types: Written, Unwritten, Rigid, Flexible, Unitary, Federal and Confederal with Merits and Demerits of Each Type.
  5. Structure and Organization of Government: Legislature; Meaning, Functions, Types, Merits and Demerits of Each Type, the Concept of Parliamentary Supremacy and Its Limitations; Bills- Meaning, Types, Procedure on How Bills Become Law.
  6. Executive- Meaning, Functions and Types; Judiciary- Meaning, Functions and Independence of the Judiciary
  7. Basic Principles of Government: Rule of Law; Definition, Principles, Limitations to Its Application, Factors that Ensure Its Operation.
  8. Separation of Powers- Meaning, Merits and Demerits, Its Operation in Presidential and Parliamentary systems of government; Checks and balances- meaning , merits and demerits.
  9. Representative Government- Definition, Features, Conditions for Its Establishment, Merits and Demerits; Political Participation- Meaning, Forms, Purposes, Factors Affecting Political Participation.
  10. Centralization- Meaning, Reasons for Its Adoption, Merits and Demerits; Decentralization- Merits, Types, Merits and Demerits.
  11. Delegated Legislation- Definition, Type’s Reasons for Delegated Legislation, Demerits, Control of Delegated Legislation.
  12. Revision
  13. Examination

Government Curriculum for SS1 Second Term – Modified

WEEK             TOPIC

                        Colonial Administration

1 & 2                Historical background

                        Reasons for the advent of the Europeans into Africa

                        British colonial policy:

                        Indirect rule:

                        Meaning and reasons for its Adoption

                        Indirect rule system in Nigeria: North, West and South (Success and


                        Impacts of colonial Administration in Nigeria and West Africa

3                      Advantages and Disadvantages of colonial rule

Comparison between British and French colonial policies of Administration (Indirect Rule and Assimilation /Association)

4                      Nationalism in Nigeria:  Meaning factors that led to the rise and Growth of Nationalism in Nigeria.

                        Effects of Nationalism in Nigeria key Nationalist leaders in Nigeria and their contribution to nationalism in Nigeria

5                      Constitutional Development in Nigeria.

                        Pre-Independence constitutions

  1. Clifford constitution of 1992
  2. Richard constitution of 1946
  3. Macpherson constitution of 1951

Features, objectives, merits and Demerits of each.

6                      Lyttleton constitution of 1954

                        Lagos conference of 1958

7                      Post Independence Constitutions

8                      1989/1999 constitutions

9                      Federalism in Nigeria


10                    Problems of Nigerian federalism

11                    Development of political parties

12 – 13             Revision and Examination

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