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PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTYOF LAW
DEPARTMENT PSYCHOLOGY
PROFESSIONAL AREA PSYCHOLOGY

 

Specialitypsychology

 

Awarded qualificationPsychologist

 

Level of qualificationBachelor, level 6B on the NQF.

 

Length of programme: 4 years (8 semesters) for full-time study, 4,5 years (9 semesters) for part-time study.

 

Number of credits: 240

 

Field(s) of study (ISCED-F): 0313 Psychology

 

Specific admission requirementsSecondary education and an admission examination.

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning:
The ECTS coordinator of the Psychology major, Assoc. prof. Daniela Andonova, PhD e-mail gradiva@abv.bg, informs the students about the possibilities for recognizing and awarding credits. This happens in two ways: 1. The student presents documents for prior education:
- an academic transcript or diploma;
- international diplomas and foreign language certificates (English: Cambridge FCE, TOEFEL; German - Zertifikat Deutsch, Sprahdiplom, Zweite Stufe; Russian – ТРКИ; French - DELF; Spanish - DELE);
- international computer skills diplomas and certificates corresponding to the ECDL (The European Computer Driving Licence).
2. The student states willingness to sit for exams for the certification of skills and knowledge acquired in prior education. Knowledge and skills in a foreign language are certified by the Department of Foreign Languages; computer skills and knowledge are certified by the Technological Institute; specific professional knowledge and skills are certified by the Social Sciences Department. 
Based on the documents presented and the results from the certification examinations, the Social Sciences Department awards the number of credits in accordance with the program of the Psychology major. The ECTS coordinator prepares an individual study program for the student, which reflects the number of credits awarded.

 

Qualification requirements and regulations, including graduation requirements*In order to obtain the professional qualification of Psychologist, educational-and-qualification degree of Bachelor, the students need 240 credits, of which 176 credits are from the compulsory courses, 42 are obtained from elective courses, 12 are obtained from optional courses and 10 are obtained from the state exam. 

 

Profile of the programme:
The main objectives of the program are: 
- mastery of fundamental knowledge about the factors and regularities valid about the psyche and behavior of living systems and social communities; 
- formation of practical skills for professional realization and teamwork; 
- formation of attitudes for professional development and further education and professional qualification;
- formation of individual orientation to a particular theoretical and practical field of psychology and the formation of basic skills in planning and conducting psychological research.

 

Programme learning outcomes:
Theoretical knowledge
The students know and understand the key concepts in psychology, the classical theories and current trends in the development of psychological science. They know the specifics of the various psychological schools, trends, orientations. They have attained competence on the structure, functions and features of the human psyche and methodology for its theoretical and practical research. They can discuss fundamentals and objective laws applicable to the psyche and behaviour of living systems. The students can exchange information and ideas to identify problems and seek solutions to problems in the field of psychology. They have built individual orientation towards particular theoretical and practical field of psychology.

Practical Skills
The students have developed skills for individual professional development and teamwork. They possess skills in psychodiagnostic in norm, limit and pathology, and in the context of socio-psychological relationships. They have basic skills in counseling individuals, groups and families as well as basic skills for psychological analysis of processes in education, politics, advertising, management and social work.

Ability to scientific-and-creative and research work:
The students can conduct independent psychological research with practical significance. They can put in writing and defence their own research project.
The students finishing educational-and-qualification degree of "Bachelor" have acquired knowledge and skills that would allow them to continue their education with a high degree of autonomy - educational-and-qualification degree of "Master" and have developed attitudes towards professional development.

Programme structure diagram with credits *:

 

ECTS Code

Course Title

Lectures and seminars

Out-of-class workload

Number of credits

1

INF1023

Informatics - Part I

30

60

3

2

PSY1070

Physiological psychology

45

90

4,5

3

PSY1051

Introduction to Psychology

75

150

7,5

4

PSY1008

History of psychology

45

90

4,5

5

PHI1005

Logics

45

90

4,5

6

 

Foreign Language

60

120

6

Total for semester I

300

600

30

1

INF1024

Informatics - Part II

30

60

3

2

PHI1008

Philosophy

60

120

6

3

PSY1011

Cognitive psychology

90

180

9

4

 

Foreign Language

60

120

6

5

SPO1007

Sports

30

60

3

6

 

Optional course 1

30

60

3

Total for semester II

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year 1

600

1200

60

1

PSY1004

Experimental psychology - Part I

60

120

6

2

PSY1135

Methods of collecting, processing and analyzing data in psychological research – Part I

60

120

6

3

SPO1007

Sports

30

60

3

4

 

Optional course 2

30

60

3

5

 

Optional course 3

30

60

3

6

 

Elective course 1

45

90

4,5

7

 

Elective course 2

45

90

4,5

Total for semester IІІ

300

600

30

1

ECO1010

Globalization of the economy and development

45

90

4,5

2

PSY1030

Personality Psychology

90

180

9

3

PSY1005

Experimental psychology - Part II

60

120

6

4

PSY1136

Methods of collecting, processing and analyzing data in psychological research – Part II

60

120

6

5

 

Elective course 3

45

90

4,5

Total for semester IV

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year 2

600

1200

60

1

PSY1069

Psychopatology

45

90

4,5

2

PSY1044

Social psychology

75

150

7,5

3

PSY1021

Psychological measurements

90

180

9

4

PSY1039

Work Psychology

45

90

4,5

5

 

Elective course 4

45

90

4,5

Total for semester V

300

600

30

1

PSY1056

Clinical psychology

60

120

6

2

PSY1003

Diferential psychology

60

120

6

3

PSY1034

Psychology of development in childhood and adolescence

75

150

7,5

4

 

Elective course 5

60

120

6

5

 

Elective course 6

45

90

4,5

Total for semester 

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year 3

600

1200

60

1

PSY1035

Psychology of adult development

75

150

7,5

2

PSY1060

Educational psychology

60

120

6

3

PSY 1120

Ethnopsychology

45

90

4,5

4

PSY1057

Counselling psychology

75

150

7,5

5

 

Elective course 7

45

90

4,5

Total for semester VІІ

300

600

30

1

PSY1017

Organizational psychology

60

120

6

2

 

Optional course 4

30

60

3

3

 

Elective course 8

45

90

4,5

4

 

Elective course 9

45

90

4,5

5

SPO1007

Sports

20

40

2

6

 

State Exam or Defence of Bachelor's Thesis

100

200

10

Total for semester VІІІ

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year 4

600

1200

60

 

 

Total for the entire course of study :

2400

4800

240

 

 

Elective courses , choose  10 from 19

 

 

 

 1

PHI1003

Ethics

45

90

4,5

2

SOC1025

Sociology

45

90

4,5

3

FLE1005

Foreign Language - specialized course

45

90

4,5

4

PSY1200

Psychology of Manipulation and Social Influence

45

90

4,5

5

QMS1010

Statistical Programs for Processing Empirical Data in Psychology - SPSS

45

90

4,5

6

PED1006

Pedagogy (Theory of Education and Didactics)

45

90

4,5

7

PSY1269

Social Relationships

45

90

4,5

8

PSY1036

Psychology of religions

45

90

4,5

9

PSY1053

Legal psychology

45

90

4,5

10

PSY1047

Cross-Cultural Psychology

45

90

4,5

11

PSY1058

Theory and practice of working with children at risk

45

90

4,5

12

PHI 1004

Aesthetics

45

90

4,5

13

PSY 1148

Phenomenological psychology

45

90

4,5

14

LAW1053

Basics of Law

45

90

4,5

15

PSY1220

Psychology of helping behaviour

60

120

6

16

PSY 1095

Social identity and social practice

50

100

5

17

PSY 1230

Psychological interventions in a crisis situation

60

120

6

18

PSY 1141

Psychology of optimal functioning

50

100

5

19

PSY1055

Political psychology

60

120

5

20

SOC1089

Education and Upbringing in Socio-Cultural Environment

45

90

4,5

21

PHI1108

Eastern philosophical and psychological teachings

45

90

4,5

 

 

Optional courses , choose  4 from university set (each course – 3 credits)

120

240

12

 

In Varna Free University, a credit equals 30 lessons, of which 10 contact hours (lectures and seminars) and 20 hours independent work.

 

Mode of study: full-time, part-time

Examination regulations and grading scaleDuring the classes, the students receive individual and group tasks such as summarizing bibliography or writing course papers, essays, reports. A grade reflecting their participation and activity during the classes is added to the above. The training in the various courses ends with a final examination or test.

 

Obligatory or optional mobility windows (if applicable) - no

Work placement(s) (if applicable) - no

 

Work-based learning
Practice in out-of-class workload in some disciplines 

 

Occupational profiles of graduates 
Graduates of Bachelor's degree in Psychology are qualified to work in state, municipal and non-governmental organizations and in private sector. They can work with individuals, groups or communities of different ages and with different difficulties by providing psychological approach to problems, conduct psychological surveys and provide psychological support.

 

Access to further studies
The graduates who have obtained the professional qualification of Psychologist and the educational-and-qualification degree of Bachelor can continue their education for the educational-and-qualification degree of Master – in Master degree programs in psychology – Applied Psychology, Psychology and Psychopathology of Development, Psychological Consulting, Master degree programs in other scientific and professional fields, as well as in qualification courses.

 

Head of Department: Assoc. Prof. Daniela Karagyaurova
tel.: +359-52-359-567
e-mail: psychology@vfu.bg