BA Program in Security Studies (in English)


Terrorism, organized crime or the environmental issues are realities of the contemporary world. Understand them, discuss them and find solutions within the „Security Studies” BA Program.

 

Description of the BA program

The BA program offered by Babes-Bolyai University and accredited by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education represents an interdisciplinary academic training program, perfectly adapted to the requirements of contemporary societies.

Security Studies at Babeş-Bolyai University were established in 2008 and have been subjected since then to a continuous process of improvement and adaptation to national and international standards of quality education. The program aims to prepare students and equip them with abilities that will help understanding and explaining issues of security in contemporary societies.

The graduates of this program can choose from a wide range of professional paths. These include careers in security management in public or private institutions, media, diplomacy, international organizations, or a career in education and research.

 

Skills, abilities and competences

The program presupposes an in-depth process of theoretical training doubled by internships in the institutions of the Romanian state and private companies. At the end of the Security Studies program the graduates are expected to:

  • apply the social and political theories to understand, analyze and evaluate socio-political organizations;
  • elaborate and communicate plans of action and projects in ensuring security;
  • analyze and explain decisions related to the field of security;
  • interpret and assess the process of information recovery in public and private organizations;
  • provide expertise in negotiation and mediation between groups with various interests;
  • ensure an effective management of relationships within public and private organizations and institutions.

 

Content of the study program

The diversity and complexity of the study program is the result of over ten years of academic and practical experience, representing joint effort of professors and external experts working in the field. The content of the study program is inter-disciplinary.

The available courses are structured across the three years of the BA program as follows:

Year 1, semester 1

  • Introduction to security and international studies
  • Introduction to political science
  • Security system in the history of the world
  • Introduction to strategic studies
  • IT applications in social sciences
  • Institutions and organization for public safety
  • Communication and PR
  • Security and insecurity in the modern era.

Year 1, semester 2

  • Introduction to theory of international relations
  • Political philosophy
  • Security politics after the Cold War
  • Introduction to intelligence studies
  • Criminology
  • International and European economy
  • Concepts for social sciences study

Year 2, semester 1

  • Introduction to geopolitics
  • Social sciences research methodologies
  • Alliances and international security organizations
  • Governance and security
  • Introduction to constitutional and administrative law
  • Introduction to cybernetic security
  • Economic security
  • Public order and safety

Year 2, semester 2

  • Regional geopolitics
  • Fundamental issues of the contemporary world
  • Document security (? Securitatea documentelor)
  • Open source intelligence
  • Demographic risks and vulnerabilities
  • Anticorruption politics and strategies
  • Development of security culture in local communities

Year 3, semester 1

  • Analysis of international conflicts
  • Critical thinking
  • Terrorism and globalization
  • Classified information
  • Analysis of Romanian s foreign policy
  • Leadership and negotiation in the international system
  • NATO and international security management
  • Human rights in contemporary society

Year 3, semester 2

  • Romanian national security policy
  • European security and the national and ethnic minorities issue
  • Analysis of the unconventional risks
  • Compared public policies
  • Operational methods and techniques
  • Forensic and judicial psychology
  • Espionage and counter – espionage
  • Politics, strategies and antiterrorist tactics