Courses

Politics and European Studies

European Studies

EUR 110 Model EU Preparation
This course is an applied course seeking to allow students to learn by engaging in role play. It carries mostly a practical dimension as it familiarizes students with E.U. policy and decision-making by assigning them specific roles in a simulation involving all three E.U. institutions within a given policy scenario. Lectures will give students a basic foundation to the E.U. legislative process, the EU institutional framework, and the role of member states, MEPs, and lobbies. Cr. 1 (2 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

EUR 111 European Integration and Transformation of Diplomacy: From 1945 to Present
This course explores the development of the European integration process after the Second World War. It traces the genesis of the idea of the European Union and its institutions. It investigates the role of national governments and elites in shaping integration by looking at primary sources within the broader historical context. Gen. Ed.: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

EUR 212 EU Politics
This course is an introduction to the structures, policies, and current political issues related to European integration. More specifically, the course deals with the institutional and political context in which the European Union operates, including its relationship with other international actors. It discusses the extent to which the E.U. is increasingly shaping not only its member states’ domestic politics but state structures as well. The course will draw from the existing theories of integration as well as on selected key concepts of comparative politics. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: POS 101 or EUR 111. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

EUR 213 Comparative Politics
Cross-listed as POS 213.
This course provides the theoretical foundations for the analysis of domestic politics by introducing students to systems of government, regimes types, constitutional politics, electoral politics, and media systems. It builds upon a comparative method to reflect upon current issues. This course has a strong European component. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 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 E.U. institutions. This course will also focus on the most important aspects of the E.U. legal system, such as supremacy and direct effect of Union law; general principles of law, including fundamental rights; Union citizenship; and the role of Union and national courts in enforcing and applying European Union law. Prerequisite: EUR 212. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

EUR 303 Policies and Policy-Making in the EU
This course examines in depth E.U. policies and the policy-making process by examining their development, current legal basis, actors involved, challenges, and debates. It reinforces the grasp of E.U. legal basis by requiring students to regularly operate with the E.U. primary and secondary legislation to analyze policy cases. This course also introduces students to E.U. funding instruments as well as the application process. WIC. Prerequisite: EUR 212. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

EUR 307 Research Methods
This course introduces students to the requirements of academic research, from the perils of research design to methods of data collection and data analysis. It surveys qualitative and quantitative research methods, and it covers the main epistemological debates in social science. Students will develop their own research proposals, which will include a research question, literature review, methodology, and bibliography. Prerequisites: EUR 213/POS 213 or POS 202 and junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

EUR 320 Internal Market and EU Competition Law
This course examines the legal aspects of the E.U. internal market and competition policies. The structure of the course is grounded in the four fundamental freedoms: the free movement of goods, the free movement of persons, the freedom to provide services, and the free movement of capital. Each freedom is thoroughly analyzed via the case law of the European Court of Justice and relevant legislation. This course also covers the legal aspects of E.U. competition policy, such as agreements between undertakings and the enforcement of E.U. competition law. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

EUR 321 EU Project Writing
This course aims to give an overview of E.U. funding opportunities as well as project writing and management. More specifically, this course deals with the main features of E.U. funding both from the points of view of policy objectives and programs. It also covers the main features of project management methodology developed and supported by the European Commission (PM2). This course also includes a practical assignment in the form of the drafting of a grant proposal. Prerequisite: ECO 102, EUR 212, or POS 102. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every year.

EUR 403 European Lobbying: Interest Groups and European Integration
This course addresses the emergence of European level interest representation and its impact on the European integration process. It looks at a variety of group actors, such as corporate interests, regional interests, and other non-economic interests (NGOs) and their relations with the E.U. institutions; in particular, the Commission and the European Parliament. Prerequisite: EUR 212. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

EUR 404 Topics in European Politics
Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests. Prerequisite: EUR 213. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

EUR 405 Topics in Areas Related to the European Union
Topics in this course will vary according to instructor and student interests. Topics may include lobbying in the E.U., economic trends in the E.U., and the E.U. in international relations. Prerequisite: EUR 303 or permission of the instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

EUR 481 Internship
Internships offer opportunities for students to combine work experience with academic guidance. For University regulations concerning internships, please see the “Academic Internship” subsection under Academic Policies and Procedures. EUR 481 may be taken for pass/fail credit only. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor. Cr. 1-3 (2-6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

EUR 492 Senior Thesis
The senior thesis allows students to develop their own research on the basis of a preapproved research proposal and to complete an 8,000-word thesis. Completion of the thesis may qualify a student for graduation with disciplinary honors (see “Disciplinary Honors in European Studies” under the European Studies major section.) WIC. Prerequisites: senior standing, cumulative GPA over 3.50, and completion of EUR 307 with a B+ or better. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

Political Science and International Relations

POS 101 Introduction to Politics
This 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
Why do states go to war? Why do they cooperate? What roles do individuals, institutions, structures, and ideas play in these and other decisions? Do non-state actors like corporations and the UN matter? This course provides a historically grounded introduction to the study of global politics. We will explore several of the field’s most significant theories and concepts, and use these to analyze key historical and current events. We will also discuss issues like globalization, human rights, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, international law, trade, the information revolution, and the environment. A simulation exercise is included in the course to help illustrate some of these problems. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 103 Topics in Contemporary Politics
This course provides an introduction to a particular topic within the fields of politics and international relations. Topics vary with instructor and student interest. Cr. 1 (2 ECTS Cr.). Offered every year.

POS 104 Model UN Preparation
This course prepares students for participation in the Blagoevgrad Model United Nations (BLIMUN). This course introduces the United Nations system, basic parliamentary procedure, and communication formats used in United Nations institutions. Cr. 1 (2 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

POS 202 Foreign Policy Analysis
This course helps 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 foreign-policy decisions. WIC. Prerequisites: ENG 102 and POS 102. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 213 Comparative Politics
Cross-listed as EUR 213.
This course provides the theoretical foundations for the analysis of domestic politics by introducing students to systems of government, regimes types, constitutional politics, electoral politics, and media systems. It builds upon a comparative method to reflect upon current issues. This course has a strong European component. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 301 Bulgarian Government and Politics  
This course offers an analysis of the structure and functioning of Bulgaria’s governing institutions and political system. Particular attention will be given to Bulgaria’s transition to democracy and the political and administrative implications of E.U. membership. This 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 every year.

POS 303 Conflict and Conflict Resolution
This course offers a study of the sources and the nature of conflict and the methods of conflict management. Specifically, this course is directed toward identifying and understanding the kinds and workings of non-violent conflict management, including negotiation, international law, and international organizations. Prerequisites: POS 102 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every year.

POS 304 Global Political Economy
This course examines principles, practices, and governance of globalized production, trade, and finance. This course also studies various issues surrounding globalization, including economic development, protection of the environment, cultural concerns, and others. Prerequisites: POS 102 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every year.

POS 305 International Law and Organizations
This course looks at the development of international law and international organizations and introduces the basic tenets of international law and current agreements and the structures and activities of both governmental and nongovernmental organizations engaged in global governance. Prerequisites: POS 102 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every year.

POS 306 Public Policy Analysis
This course introduces students to a selection of tools used to address public policy concerns and approaches used to analyze public policies. Prerequisites: EUR 212 or POS 213 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every year.

POS 307 Research Methods
This course introduces students to the requirements of academic research, from the perils of research design to the methods of data collection and data analysis. This course surveys qualitative and quantitative research methods, and it covers the main epistemological debates in the social sciences. Students will develop their own research proposals, which will include a research question, literature review, methodology, and bibliography. Prerequisites: POS 213/EUR 213 or POS 202 and junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

POS 401 Topics in Politics
This course is an advanced study in a particular topic within political science and international relations. Topics vary with instructor and student interests, and credits and specific prerequisites are decided for each particular offering. Prerequisite: junior standing. Cr. 1-4 (2-8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

POS 481 Internship
Internships offer opportunities for students to combine work experience with academic guidance. Students may enroll in an internship for pass/fail credit only. The student must secure faculty sponsorship, receive the Department’s and Dean of Faculty’s permission one term in advance of the experience, and complete a learning contract that clearly defines the goals and outcomes of the internship. AUBG guidelines on internships must be met. (For University regulations concerning internships, please see the “Academic Internship” subsection at p. 41.) Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor. Cr. 1-3 (2-6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

POS 492 Senior Thesis
The senior thesis allows selected students to pursue original research based upon a research proposal. A senior thesis is restricted to students in the Political Science and International Relations program who possess a minimum 3.50 GPA-in-major, have completed POS 307 Research Methods, 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. WIC. Prerequisites: POS 307 and permission of the Department. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

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