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Psychology and Psychopathology of Development

FACULTY OF LAW
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

 

SpecialityPsychology, Master Program “Psychology and Psychopathology of Development”

 

Awarded qualificationPsychologist

 

Level of qualificationMaster, Second cycle, level 7


Length of programme: 2 years (4 semesters)

 

Number of credits: 120

 

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

 

Specific admission requirementsA higher education degree and an admission examination.

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning: The ECTS coordinator of the Psychology major, Assoc. prof. Daniela Andonova, 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 higher education 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 equirements*: In order to obtain the professional qualification of Psychologist, the students need 120 credits, of which 91,5 credits are from the compulsory courses, 9 are obtained from elective courses, 4,5 are obtained from optional courses and 15 are obtained from the state exam. Students who have obtained the professional qualification of Psychologist in prior education need 60 credits, of which 30 credits are obtained from the compulsory courses, 6 are obtained from elective courses, 9 are obtained from optional courses and 15 are obtained from the state exam.

 

Profile of the programme: The main objectives of the programme are: 
- preparation of highly qualified specialists to work in the field of human development in theoretical and applied aspects who are able to provide psychological help and to apply methods of psycho-corrections regarding psychopathologic, social and life-situational issues;
- formation of attitudes to professional development and further education.

 

Programme learning outcomes: The students who have obtained the professional qualification of Psychologist and the educational-and-qualification degree of Master:
Theoretical knowledge
The students are able to make an interpretation, a comment and critical theoretical analysis of the leading ideas in specific subject areas of classical and modern developmental psychology across the life span. Тhey have theoretical knowledge of the nature and potentialities of the basic approaches in psychological counselling and psychotherapy.
Practical skills
The students are able to define independently a research issue, to formulate hypotheses, to conduct empirical research, to analyze and interpret empirical results of personal research projects. They can select an adequate set of research tools for solving a particular research problem and to create their own methods. They possess the necessary skills for diagnostics, assessment, psycho-counselling and psycho-corrective work with individuals of normal, with difficulties or impaired development at individual and group levels. They know the range of application of psychological intervention, they are able to formulate and realize a proper intervention strategy or to direct a client to other fields specialists depending on the specifics of the certain case. The students possess skills for independent scientific-research activities. The students, obtaining the educational-and-qualification degree of Master, have acquired knowledge and skills which would allow them to continue their education at a higher level of independence - the educational-and-qualification degree of Doctor (Ph.D.) – and have formed attitudes to professional development.

Programme structure diagram with credits *:

 

ECTS code

Course

Lectures & seminars

Out-of-class workload

Credits

1

PSY3030

Psychological Development Indicators in Life Cycle

15

30

1,5

2

PSY3037

Health Psychology

30

60

3

3

PSY3234

Psychodiagnostic of Development

30

60

3

4

PSY3060

Development of Leadership Qualities and Skills

30

60

3

5

PSY3105

Interpersonal Relationships Development Across the Life Span

30

60

3

6

PHI3002

Ethics of Family Relationships and Moral Development of Personality

30

60

3

7

PSY3016

Gender Roles and Gender Identity

30

60

3

8

PSY3110

Communicative Techniques of Psychodrama in Counselling

30

60

3

9

PSY3313

Crises in psychosocial development of personality

15

30

1,5

10

PSY3314

Psychological interventions in working with children and adults victims of domestic violence

15

30

1,5

11

 

Optional course

30

60

3

Total for semester I

285

570

28,5

1

PSY3001

Generalized Disorders of Development

30

60

3

2

 

Elective course

30

60

3

3

 

Elective course

30

60

3

4

 

Elective course

30

60

3

5

 

Optional course

15

30

1,5

6

PSY3216

Practice

30

60

3

7

 

State Exam/writing and defence of a Master's Thesis

 

 

15

Total for semester II

165

330

31,5

 

 

Total for the course of study:

 

 

60

 

 

Elective courses (3 of 5)

 

 

 

1

PSY3067

Stress and Personality Changes

30

60

3

2

PSY3062

Family Psychotherapy and Counselling

30

60

3

3

PSY 3120

Deviant Behavior and Legal Protection of Minors

30

60

3

4

SOC3009

Social Identity of Individuals, Families, Groups

30

60

3

5

PSY3010

Cultural Models of the Normal and the Pathological

30

60

3

 

 

Optional courses (4,5 credits)

 

 

 

1

PSY3029

Global Stress and Counseling

30

60

3

2

MAN3033

Project Management in the Social Sphere

15

30

1.5

3

PSY3130

Aesthetic and Artistic Formation of Personality

30

60

3

4

QMS3006

Statistical Programmes for Processing Empirical Data in Psychology SPSS

15

30

1.5

5

INF3501

Internet Addictions

15

30

1.5

Module of equivalency courses for holders of Bachelors`s degrees in other majors

1

PSY3068

Introduction to Psychology

45

90

4.5

2

PSY3070

Physiological Psychology

30

60

3

3

PSY3006

Cognitive Psychology

60

120

6

4

PSY3005

History of Psychology

30

60

3

5

PSY3004

Experimental Psychology

45

90

4.5

6

PSY3041

Personality Psychology

60

120

6

7

QMS3003

Methods of Collecting, Processing and Analyzing Data in Psychological Research

30

60

3

Total for semester I

300

600

30

1

PSY3052

Psychopathology

30

60

3

2

PSY3047

Social Psychology

60

120

6

3

PSY3026

Psychology of Development

60

120

6

4

PSY3015

Psychological Measurements

45

90

4.5

5

PSY3065

Educational Psychology

30

60

3

6

PSY3014

Organizational Psychology

45

90

4.5

7

SOC3012

Cross-cultural Psychology

30

60

3

Total for semester II

300

600

30

 

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

 

Examination regulations and grading scaleDuring the classes, the students receive individual and group tasks such as summarizing bibliography or writing course assignments, essays, research papers, 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: none

 

Work placement(s): schools and clinics

 

Work-based learning: none

 

Occupational profiles of graduates: The graduates who have obtained the professional qualification of Psychologist and the educational-and-qualification degree of Master can work successfully both in state institutions and in the non-governmental sector:
- in the educational system as school psychologists and teachers of psychology, logics, philosophy, ethics and law;
- in resource centres for the integration, education and raising of children and students with special educational needs;
- in medical institutions as clinical psychologists;
- in NGOs providing social services for children and families; for drug-addicted individuals; for working with aged and disabled people and people with mental disabilities; for working with families at risk – as psychologists or volunteers.

 

Access to further studiesThe graduates who have obtained the professional qualification of Psychologist and the educational-and-qualification degree of Master can continue their education for the educational-and-qualification degree of Doctor (Ph.D.) in three accredited scientific programmes – “General Psychology”, “Educational and Developmental Psychology”, and “Social, Organizational and Counselling Psychology”, as well as in post-graduation qualification courses.

 

Head of Master’s Degree Programme: Prof. Galya Gercheva, D.Sc
тел. 052/359-502
e-mail: gerchevag@yahoo.com