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Integrated Project 1


Admission requirements

Mandatory course for students enrolled in the bachelor’s programme Security Studies.


In Integrated project 1, students will be challenged to integrate the knowledge and understanding they have gathered in the first year courses and apply these to a case in a group project. The central theme of this course is physical violence and public order. Students will choose present-day challenges related to violence and public order, and will develop artefacts aimed at addressing these problems and rendering change according to the principles and methods of Design Science. The course consists of 2 lectures and 12 Integrated Project Labs.

The two lectures will introduce students to the topics of violence and public order. In the first lecture the complexity of violence and public order will be unpacked by zooming in on key concepts, the scope, risk factors involved, as well as the actors and stakeholders that play a role when discussing these topics. The second Integrated Project lecture is geared towards giving students tools to study violence, help them select a researchable violence related problem to work on in the Integrated Project labs and introduce students to the available and proper methods to study violence. This lecture will build upon instructions given in the corresponding course Research Methods 1 on Design Science.

In the twelve labs student will study one particular artefact form. They will learn how these artefact forms can be used to generate change, which strategies can be employed and how to best address their target audiences. Specialists from the field will be invited to talk about their experiences with these artefacts and the topic of violence and public order.

Course objectives

After the course students are able to:

  • Identify and contextualise a contemporary physical violence and public order threat, explain the scope of the threat, understand which actors and stakeholders are involved and recognise the associated risk factors.

  • Design, construct and present an artefact according to the principles of design science intended to prevent, mitigate and manage the risk factors of a contemporary violence challenge.

  • Identify the levels of risk intervention and potential target audiences to generate social change related to violence and public order threats.

  • Compose a basic systematic literature review.

  • Apply project management skills as well as teamwork skills to the project.

  • Demonstrate awareness regarding ethical and social dilemmas involved in their case study.


On the right side of programme front page of the E-guide Bachelor Security Studies you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, lab sessions, project / field work.

Attendance of the course labs is mandatory. If you miss more than 3 sessions you fail the course and won’t obtain a final grade.

Total study load of 280 hours:

  • Two plenary lectures: 6

  • Twelve lab sessions (including field trips and/or guest lectures): 36

  • Project / field work: 42

  • Self-study hours (including assignment): 196

Assessment method

Academic Paper

  • 45% of final grade.

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course.

  • Resit of a fail is possible.

  • Resit will take same form

Artefact Portfolio

  • 55% of final grade

  • Overall grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course.

  • Resit of a failed portfolio component is possible, with a maximum of 2 assignments.

  • Resits that require resubmitting improved versions will be capped (70%).

Transitional arrangement
Students who participated in the course ‘Integrated Project 1’ in academic year 2019-2020, failed the portfolio, but passed the academic paper, can keep the grade for the academic paper. These students will have to do all assignments for the portfolio again and are required to attend the lab sessions.

Students who participated in the course ‘Integrated Project 1 in academic year 2019-2020, failed the academic paper, but passed the artefact portfolio, can keep the grade for the artefact portfolio. These students are not required to attend the lab sessions.

Reading list

A selection of books and articles, to be announced on Brightspace.


Register for every course and workgroup via uSis.
Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results.

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. Important information about the course is posted here.
After enrolment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


drs. Celesta Kofman, course coordinator