Courses

Politics and European Studies

European Studies

EUR 111  History of European Integration
This course is designed to explore the development of the European Integration Process after the Second World War. In order to explain the genesis of the idea and the institutions of European integration, it starts with an introduction of the appearance of the European idea. It elaborates particularly on the steps undertaken by diverse European governments and international organizations to build the European Union, as known today. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

EUR 212  EU Politics
Provides a comprehensive view of the EU and the European integration process. It examines theories of integration, the EU institutional framework, EU policies, the policy-making process within the Union, and the EU's relation with the world. It constitutes the foundation course for students intending to continue in the European Studies program. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.  

EUR 213  Comparative Politics of Europe
A comparative analysis of the economic, historical, political, and social forces that shape the polity of selected states across Western and Eastern Europe and their relevance for understanding comparative inquiry. Prerequisite: POS 101. Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

EUR 301  EU Law and Institutions
This course provides a survey of the institutional and legal structure of the European Union. Particular attention will be paid to the composition, powers and functions of the main institutions of the European Union. The course will also focus on the most important aspects of the EU legal system such as supremacy and direct effect of Union law; 'general' principles of law including fundamental rights; Union citizenship; the role of Union and national courts in enforcing and applying European Union law. Prerequisite: EUR 212. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

EUR 303    Policy-making in the European Union 
The course examines in depth the EU policies and policy-making process. It encourages a critical study of the EU policies and policy-making process as a means of facilitating European integration. Policy focus areas correspond to the three pillars of the Maastricht Treaty. Prerequisites: EUR 212. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.

EUR 305  European Economic Integration
The course examines the economic foundations of the European Union; effects of free movement on the EU internal market; rationale and impact of monetary integration; preparation for integration (including accession and convergence criteria, stability pacts, policies and strategies for candidate countries); and the relationships between the EU and other nations – especially those within Southeastern Europe. Prerequisite: ECO 102. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.

EUR 307  Research Methods
See POS 307 for description.

EUR 320  Internal Market and EU Competition Law
The course examines the legal aspects of the EU internal market and competition policies. The structure of the course is firmly grounded on the four fundamental freedoms of movement of goods, persons, services and capital. Each of the freedoms is thoroughly analyzed via the case law of the European Court of Justice and relevant legislation. The course also covers the legal aspects of EU competition policy such as agreements between undertakings and enforcement of EU competition law. Prerequisite: ECO 102. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.

EUR 404  Topics in European Politics
Topics will vary according to instructor and student interest. Prerequisites: EUR 302. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

EUR 405  Topics in Areas Related to the European Union
Topics will vary according to instructor and student interest, e.g. Common Foreign and Security Policy, Justice and Home Affairs, Lobbying in the EU. Prerequisites: EUR 303. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.  

EUR 492  Senior Thesis 
Senior Thesis allows students to undertake their research and complete an 8,000-word thesis. Providing all other requirements for honors are met (3.5 GPA within the major; fulfilling all requirement for the major), students who successfully complete the senior thesis with a grade of B+ or above will earn honors in European Studies. (WIC) Prerequisites: senior standing, cumulative GPA over 3.5, B+ or better in EUR 307. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.).

Political Science and International Relations

POS 101  Introduction to Politics
The course introduces the development of political thought in the Western tradition from Hobbes to the present. Attention is paid to evaluating the implications of various political ideas on contemporary events. Gen. Ed: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 102 Introduction to Global Politics
Global politics in the 21st century is the interaction of states, international organizations, global corporations, non-governmental organizations, and other non-state actors in a variety of issue areas. This course introduces these actors, theoretical approaches to help understand their interactions, and selected global issues. The course includes a global politics simulation. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester.

POS 201  Comparative Politics
The course introduces the institutions and processes that act in contemporary societies and presents a vocabulary of concepts used to comparatively analyze political institutions and processes. Prerequisite: POS 101. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 202  Foreign Policy Analysis
The course assists students to develop a framework for foreign policy and intelligence analysis by studying the structures, processes, and factors that influence the formulation and implementation of decision making. (WIC) Prerequisite: POS 102 and ENG 102. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 301  Bulgarian Government and Politics
An analysis of the structure and functioning of Bulgaria’s governing institutions and political system. Special attention will be given to Bulgaria’s transition to democracy and the political and administrative implications of EU membership. The course does not presuppose familiarity with Bulgarian history and politics, and is entirely based on English-language readings. Prerequisites: POS 101 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once per year.

POS 303  Conflict and Conflict Resolution
A study focuses on the sources and nature of conflict and the methods of conflict management. Specifically, the course is directed toward identifying and understanding the kinds and workings of non-violent conflict management, including negotiation, international law, and international organizations. Prerequisite: POS 102 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once per year.

POS 304  Global Political Economy
The course examines principles, practices, and governance of globalized production, trade, and finance. The course also studies economic development, protection of the environment, cultural and other issues in the context of globalization. Prerequisite: POS 102, ECO 102, and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once per year.

POS 305  International Law and Organizations
The quest for greater global order through the development of international law and international organizations is studied. The course introduces basic tenets of international law and current agreements, structures, and activities of both governmental and nongovernmental organizations engaged in global governance. Prerequisite: POS 102 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once per year.

POS 306  Public Policy Analysis
An introduction to a selection of tools used to address public policy concerns and approaches used to analyze public policies. Prerequisite: POS 201 or EUR 212 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once per year.

POS 307  Research Methods in Politics
The research process in political science, international relations, and related fields is presented. The course introduces several qualitative and quantitative research methods and some basic questions of social science epistemology. Students will design their own research proposals, including a problem statement, literature review, methodology, and bibliography designed to answer a question of their choosing. Prerequisite: POS 101 or POS 102 and junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 401  Topics in Politics
Advanced study in a particular topic within political science and international relations. Topics vary with instructor and student interest. Credits and specific prerequisites are decided for each particular offering. Prerequisites: Junior standing. Cr. 1-4 (2-8 ETCS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 481  Internship
Internships offer opportunities for students to combine work experience with academic guidance. For university regulations concerning internships, please see the “Academic Internship” section of the AUBG Catalog. May be taken for Pass/Fail credit only. Cr. 1-3 (2-6 ETCS Cr.). Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Offered every semester as contracted.

POS 492  Senior Thesis
The Senior Thesis allows selected students to pursue original research based upon a research proposal. Senior Thesis is restricted to students in the Political Science and International Relations program who possess a 3.5 or higher GPA in courses counted toward the major, complete POS 307 Research Methods in Politics, and have their research proposal accepted by a department panel. Students successfully conclude POS 492 with the completion of an 8,000-word thesis and a public defense. Students working on a senior thesis in another discipline may not enroll in POS 492 in the same semester. A completed senior thesis substitutes for the Bulgarian state exam in politics and international relations. Prerequisite: POS 307 and permission of the department. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

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