This book is a response to the introduction of Civic Education to Schools in Nigeria and the need for a comprehensive text on the subject. Themes in Civic Education (Book one) is a well-researched text that is in accordance with the Nigerian government approved syllabus for Senior Secondary Schools. Nonetheless, it is robustly written to give the reader an all-encompassing understanding of the topics treated. The approach adopted will also be appealing even to students in tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
It is basically a study text. Each chapter begins with a list of topics and sub-topics to be expected in the body of the work. There is also a study outcome session that is meant to help the student to fix in mind the objective of each chapter. The realization that no subject can be adequately understood unless a person understands the vocabulary used has led to the inclusion of the ‘’terms to know’’ session at the beginning of each session. The essence is to help the reader to be thoroughly familiar with the vocabulary of each chapter. It would do a lot of good for the student to note such words. Another advantage of the terms to know the session is that it helps to improve the student’s general vocabulary.
Another feature of this text is that each chapter ends with a summary and review questions that are meant to test the student understanding of each chapter. It is my hope that all students and Teachers of Secondary Schools across Nigeria will find this text a very useful study and resource material. Students in tertiary institutions who take elective courses that deals with the themes covered in this book, will also find it very enlightening
Find below the topics covered in this volume:
INTRODUCTION TO CIVIC EDUCATION
Meaning and Need for Civic Education
Objectives/reasons for Civic Education in schools
Importance of Civic Education
VALUES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Definition of Values and Sources
Types of values/Basic Human values: justice, selflessness, Honesty, Integrity, faithfulness, self-control
Acceptable societal values/Expectation
Differences in individual values and the importance of values
Opportunity to defend oneself.
Community services and their values.
Practical involvement in community services
Meaning of HIV/ AIDS and its Differences.
Cause, drivers, and modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Signs, symptoms, and effects of HIV/AIDS.
Preventive measures of HIV/AIDS.
Stigmatization of PLWHA (people living with HIV/AIDS).
Youth empowerment skills:
Managing Money skills
Importance and Benefit of Youth Empowerment Skills
Definition of citizenship.
as a legal status,
as a political status,
as a distinct source of identity.
Acquisition of citizenship.
Dual Citizenship and Forfeiture.
Deprivation of Citizenship by Naturalization Only.
Deprivation of Citizenship by Registration and Naturalization.
Renunciation of Nigerian Citizenship.
Goals of Citizenship Education.
Various Laws and Rights of Individuals.
GOVERNMENT AND NATIONALISTIC ROLES
Meaning of government.
Functions of government.
Systems of government.
Nationalistic roles of certain individuals.
DEMOCRACY AND RULE OF LAW
Definition of democracy and types of democracy: