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BA Security Studies - Faculty of Social Sciences and Journalism

Security Studies. Non-military challenges in the 21st century.

(3-year Bachelor's Program)

 

Security Studies look broadly at the issue of security, focusing on its non-military aspects, which consist of the social, political, economical, informational and environmental dimensions among others. Security Studies analyze security at various levels: the local, national and transnational, through the prism of its internationalization, and with an emphasis on human security.

 

The uniqueness of the studies is its combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. A rich internship program, as part of the Security Studies educational program, gives students the opportunity to combine theory with their first professional experience. The program prepares to work in: governmental and non-governmental organizations (home and abroad), crisis management centers, international and state administration structures, institutions monitoring security, private companies carrying out tasks in the field of security, the rescue and search institutions, strategies studies institutes, education and trainees centers in the field of security.

 

Particular attention is paid to the study of foreign languages, with emphasis placed on their practical application in the sphere of security. A broad choice of languages will be offered within the educational program: English, French, German, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

 

During the first three semesters, students will acquire basic knowledge in security science fields in the following lecture modules:

  • Theory of Security Science
  • Strategic Actors in National and International Security
  • Soft Power as an Instrument of National and International Security
  • Grand Strategy for the Information Age
  • Geo-economics
  • Demographic Challenges in the Modern World
  • Intercultural Relations in the Age of Globalization

 

In the second half of the program (semester 4-6) students further their knowledge and acquire cognitive and practical skills in selected aspects of security. Modules offered:

 

Socio-Political Security focuses on the threats to citizens in a democratic country and the challenges for the state functioning within transnational, supranational and international frameworks. An essential element is the study of mechanisms and tools for counteracting these threats, including effective management of security. The module will consist of the following courses:

  • The Open Society and its Enemies
  • Information Security in a Global Society
  • Challenges and barriers of social security
  • Extremism, Populism, Protest Movements – Combating Strategies in a Democratic State
  • Democratic Deficit in Multi-Level Governance
  • Management of Public Security (Security Systems)
  • Non-Governmental Forms of Security

 

Environmental Security besides fostering peace and human rights is also the engine of local and regional economic stability. The purpose of this module is to provide comprehensive analysis of environmental security in its various aspects, both through theory and case studies. The module will consist of the following courses:

  • The Theory of Environmental Security - Concepts and Research Methods
  • International Environmental Problems
  • Conflicts over Natural Resources - Case Study
  • Energy Security - Global and European Perspectives
  • Protests and Social Movements in the Era of "Environmental Justice"
  • International Organizations in Environmental Security
  • Environmental Security Policy in Selected European Countries
  • Green PR

 

Security Education is addressed to future security issues educators. The aim is to acquire knowledge and skills in the dissemination of knowledge, providing and leading training and promotional campaigns on the safety of individuals, states and regions. The module will consist of the following courses:

  • Safety Management in Crisis Situations
  • Behavioral Psychology in Crisis Situations
  • Security PR
  • Building Security Awareness
  • Basics of Medical Rescue
  • The Importance of Social Prevention
  • Education of Children and Adults
  • Didactics of the Subject

 

European Security is viewed as the purpose of cooperation within the region and one of the crucial elements of international security on a global scale. This module focuses on the security of Europe (mainly in the framework of the European Union) in the context of ideas, institutional and legal structures, the economic system and internal security. The module will consist of the following subjects:

  • Integration and Disintegration Processes in Europe
  • From Hard Power to Soft Power in European Politics
  • The EU’s Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Actors in European Politics: Governments, Interests Groups and Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Migration Policy – a Panacea or a Source of Conflicts?
  • Counteracting Terrorism and Organized Crime
  • Anti-Crisis Measures in Europe

 

Students can also take advantage of a wide range of specialized courses in such areas as first aid, road rescue, water rescue, mountain rescue and massive rescue operations, offered by the Lower Silesian Academy of Emergency and Security Studies Center at ULS (University of Lower Silesia).

 

Contact:

The Institute of Security and International Affairs
Faculty of Social Sciences and Journalism
University of Lower Silesia
ul. Strzegomska 47,
53-611 Wrocław, Poland
Phone: +48 71 355 17 43
Fax: +48 71 359 53 09
ibism.dsw.edu.pl

e-mail: ibism@dsw.edu.pl

 

For direct contact:

Coordinator of English-language teaching program: Aleksandra Moroska-Bonkiewicz, PhD
e-mail: aleksandra.moroska.bonkiewicz@dsw.edu.pl
Phone: +48 71 355 03 48 ext. 12
Fax: +48 71 359 53 09

 

International Office

Director: Jadwiga Dobrowolska-Dyrcz
e-mail: jaga.dobrowolska@dsw.edu.pl
Phone: +48 71 358 27 20
fax: +48 71 358 27 14