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International Policy and Security

FACULTY of International Economics and Administration
DEPARTMENT of Administration, Management and Political Sciences
PROFESSIONAL AREA 3.3. Political Sciences

 

SpecialityInternational Policy and Security

 

Awarded qualificationInternational Relations and International Law

 

Level of qualificationMaster

 

Length of programme: One year

 

Number of credits: 60

 

Field(s) of study (ISCED-F): Political Sciences

 

Specific admission requirementsA university diploma with average grading more than Good (4); competitive examination – colloquy.

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning: Formal: diplomas and academic transcripts from secondary schools and accredited universities.
Informal: foreign language and computer certificates and other type of competency in line with the study plan of the specialty.
Unofficial: certification exam in foreign language, IT skills or other competency before a commission at Varna Free University.
Procedures for informal and unofficial recognition of competencies from previous study:
Allocation of credits on the basis of submitted papers: academic transcript or a diploma for higher degree from previous study;
- International diplomas and foreign language certificates (English- Cambridge FCE, TOEFL; German - Zertifikat Deutsch, Sprahdiplom, Zweite Stufe; Russian – ТРКИ; French- DELF; Spanish - DELE);
- International diplomas and ECDL (The European Computer Driving Licence) certificates. Certification of knowledge and skills by means of taking exams in:
- foreign languages at the Department of Foreign Language Teaching;
- IT skills at the Department of Computer Studies.

 

Qualification requirements and regulations, including graduation requirements:*60 credits for Bachelors in Political Sciences (International Relations); 90 credits for Bachelors or Masters in other majors. In order to obtain the qualification, students of master’s degree need 60 credits: of these, 27 credits from equivalency courses; 6 credits from compulsory courses, 6 credits from elective courses, 3 credits from optional courses, and 15 – from state examination.

 

Profile of the programme: Training is based on several research areas: political sciences, law and security. Students in „International Policy and Security master’s degree programme will obtain knowledge and practical skills in the field of creating, organizing and management of security on a national and international scale.

 

Programme learning outcomes: The range of subjects taught with fundamental and specialized nature and the possibility of achieving a high level of language skills are a prerequisite for introduction to and mastering of important national and international innovative methods and practices of planning and communication by students, who have selected „International Policy and Security” major. 
Graduates majoring in „International Policy and Security should know the principles in the field of history, law, and security that are necessary for their general and specific qualifications, know the past and the trends of foreign policy state of affairs on micro, macro regional and global levels, have a good grasp of the legal foundations of international order and the protocol of the diplomatic and consular service, having a direct connection to the realization of various projects and practices in the field of foreign affairs and the range of forms of international communication. 
At the same time they must be able to fit into the requirements for adequate and effective implementation of regional policies and strategies, to maintain professionally and competently the interests of the Republic of Bulgaria as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs diplomatic and consular service abroad, plan integration strategies relevant to the foreign policy and the international economic situation, consistent with the dominant political, economic and military priorities of our country, to organize and coordinate the interaction of foreign institutions in the country with the security authorities, local authorities, media and civil society. 
Specialists who graduate from „International Policy and Security” should be able to manage diplomatic and consular sections abroad and Foreign Affairs departments, as well as to improve their foreign language training, and their research skills and project expertise in political science, the main theoretical schools of international relations and the integration processes; to orient themselves correctly in the dynamically changing aspects of the global environment and international situation. Another important skill that is developed in the course of training in „International Policy and Security is the creation of skills and attitudes for administrative and creative work in various national and international institutions and NGOs.

 

Programme structure diagram with credits *:

 

ECTS code

Course

Contact hours

Independent work

Credits

1

POL3112

Schengen legislation

30

60

3

2

INF3061

Information Systems Security

30

60

3

3

SEC3180

Economic Security

30

60

3

4

SEC3184

Antiterrorism Policies against Radicalism

30

60

3

5

SEC3170

Protective Regime of Energy Systems

30

60

3

6

SEC3191

Legal foundations of International Security

30

60

3

7

SEC3161

Financial and Customs Intelligence

30

60

3

8

SEC3187

Counterintelligence and Security

30

60

3

9

POL3103

Political Rights and Security

30

60

3

Optional courses (one of two)

 

PHI 1008

Communication security

30

60

3

 

MAN1701

Entrepreneurship

30

60

3

Total for semester I

300

600

30

Elective courses (two of four)

1

SEC3197

International Protection of Cultural Heritage

30

60

3

2

MAN3444

International Project Management

30

60

3

3

MAN3445

Leadership in International Organizations

30

60

3

4

POL3110

Intercultural Dialogue

30

60

3

Graduation

 

 

Internship

 

90

9

 

 

Preparation and defense of a Master’s Thesis

 

450

15

Total for semester II

60

660

30

Total for the course of study:

360

1260

60

 

 

Equivalency courses for Bachelors of other majors

1

POL 1041

Political Systems

30

60

3

2

POL1047

Political Anthropology

30

60

3

3

SEC1011

Theory of International Security

30

60

3

4

POL 1017

European Political Cooperation

30

60

3

5

POL 1109

Theory of Foreign Policy –part I

30

60

3

6

POL 1110

Theory of Foreign Policy –part II

30

60

3

7

POL 1083

History of International Relations

30

60

3

8

POL 1184

Theory of International Relations

30

60

3

9

POL1087

International Civil and Political Rights

30

60

3

10

POL1070

Foreign Policy of Bulgaria

30

60

3

Total for equivalency courses

300

600

30

TOTAL FOR THECOURSE OF STUDY FOR BACHELORS IN OTHER MAJORS

660

1860

90

* 2 semesters – for Bachelors in International Relations; 3 semesters – for Bachelors or Masters in other majors

 

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:н full time/part time/distance

 

Examination regulations and grading scale: Thorough knowledge of the subject: functions, graphs, optimization problems; Regular attendance at lectures and seminars, timely entry in classes and discipline in class. Delays for classes, noise during the lecture and distraction of colleagues reduce the effectiveness of teaching and are not tolerated. 
Performing assigned tasks on time, active participation in classes and getting information on the material to be passed in advance. 
Initiative to solve arising problems and difficulties. 
Strict adherence to the principles of academic ethics and collegiality. 
Control is both on-going and final. The on-going control is on the independent work of students and is done through tests of knowledge. Alternative form of the on-going control is classroom testing the results of tests for self-study are not taken into account, where they diverge dramatically from the results of tests in class. The date of control work is announced at least one week in advance. 
The final assessment is done through an examination within the sessions. Students who have done control work in class and have obtained over 60% of the maximum points during the semester will have the right to be exempted from the semester exams. 
The students need to have obtained at least 10 points from the on-going control for semester acknowledgment
Assessment formation:
The table below demonstrates the weight of the on-going and final control in the assessment formation.

Type of control

points

On-going control

40

Examination during the sessions

60

For students who have been exempted from the examination, grading is only based on the on-going control; at the supplementary and liquidation examinations – solely based on the evaluation there.
The final grading is formed in accordance with the following diagram:

 Points

   Grading

 90.00 - 100.00

   Excellent 6

 80.00 - 89.99

   Very good 5

 70.00 - 79.99

   Good 4

 60.00 - 69.99

   Satisfactory 3

 0.00 - 59.99

   Poor 2

 

Obligatory or optional mobility windows: Erasmus+

Work placement(s) (if applicable) - Internship

Work-based learning - no

Occupational profiles of graduates: Graduates from International Policy and Security master’s degree programme will possess:
knowledge and skills related to target, project and strategic planning of security;
knowledge and skills in the application of legal regulations in the field of security;
knowledge and skills related to protecting public order and securing personal protection; 
knowledge and skills in the spirit of the European standards for expert realization in security facilities.

 

Access to further studiesEducational and Scientific Degree PhD.

 

Programme director: Assoc. Prof. K. Smilkov Ph. D. 
ECTS: Assoc. Prof. K. Smilkov Ph. D. 
Sec.: Pavlina Zheleva; email: mps@vfu.bg; phone: 052 359 625