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Integrated Project 2


Admission requirements

Mandatory course for students enrolled in the bachelor Security Studies

Students must have passed Integrated Project 1 before the start of Integrated Project 2.


Integrated project 2 centres around real life challenges and practices, engages students in ‘doing security’ via ‘policy-advising’ tasks and trains and assesses their professional skills. Students will consult on a real life security or safety challenge presented to them by organisations and practitioners from the security domain.
Students will work in think tank groups on a security and/or safety challenge introduced and explained by a practitioner. Each group is expected to apply the three step approach of ‘explore, understand and do’ in order to respectively collect facts and contextual information on the case at hand (explore), deepen their understanding of several elements of the case by applying disciplinary lenses (understand) and merge these insights to assess and design policy recommendations to address the challenge at hand (do). This will result in a policy advice report in which each group presents their security and/or safety challenge, adopts several disciplinary lenses, integrates their findings and formulates recommendations for further action. Moreover, students will present their findings and recommendations to solve security and safety issues to the organisations.

Course objectives

After this course students are able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understand a real-life security challenge and the potential governance strategies to tackle it.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understand the relevant academic and policy-oriented background literature related to the topic provided by the policy-maker.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understand the required conventions and approaches by think tanks/policy advisors. Analyse a real life security/safety problem by means of interdisciplinary research in both individual and group settings.

  • Formulate an in-depth individual research and advice paper and a comprehensive group report including implementable and insightful policy recommendations to address a security/safety challenge posed by the senior official. Apply the knowledge on project management, group work and effective presentations throughout the project.

  • Reflect on proposed policy recommendations in terms of feasibility of implementation, support amongst stakeholders, and ethical dilemmas.

  • Reflect critically on their own contribution to the group and role in the group, their own strengths, weaknesses and potential for improvement throughout the project.

  • Demonstrate an open and academic attitude, characterised by accuracy, critical reflection (also about one’s own strengths, weaknesses and learning path) and academic curiosity, as well as striving for life-long learning.


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

Plenary lectures and course labs.

Attendance of the course labs is mandatory. If you miss more than 1 course lab, you fail the course and will not obtain a final grade.

Assessment method

Individual Policy Paper

  • 50% of final grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course

  • Resit of a fail is possible.

  • Resit will take the same form

Final Group Paper

  • 50% of final grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course

  • Resit of a fail is possible.

  • Resit will take the same form

Final Group Presentation (based on group paper)

  • Pass/Fail

Participation and reflection by way of weekly group reflection report

  • Pass/Fail

To pass the course students must receive at least a 5.50 for both the individual paper and the group paper, and a pass for the reflection reports. In addition, the course instructor reserves the right to lower an individual grade if there is evidence of “free-riding” on group work.

Group paper resit
If the entire group fails the paper they will have to improve the original group paper following all the requirements stipulated under assignments. If an individual fails the group paper (e.g: Due to “free-riding” or illnesses) he or she will be given a new group assignment based on the amount of students which need to do a resit.

Transitional Arrangement
Passed partial grades obtained in year 2019-2020 remain valid during year 2020-2021.

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.


Prof. dr. J. Koops