The Department of Geography was created in the 1961/62 academic year with four academic staff and 24 pioneer students all based in the Faculty of Science. The early curriculum (1961-1964) of the department was basic, with the entire first year spent on General Study’s courses and electives. In 1964/65, however, a number of changes were made to the curriculum. Elements of geography courses were then taught in the first year, with the other courses following in the second year (University of Nigeria, 1964). The curriculum was in 1981/82 overhauled, with new emphasis on environmental issues, on planning, and on practical and analytical techniques. Thus, courses in the Philosophy and Methodology of Geography, Surveying, Environmental problems, Quantitative Geography, and Hydrology were introduced. So also were separate courses in practical Human Geography, and Regional Planning Methods. The 1981/82 curriculum remained unchanged throughout the 1980s. It also represented the most balanced expression of the department’s unique conception of the spirit and purpose of geography.

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