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Victims and Offenders of Violence


Admission requirements

This course is part of the minor Violence Studies, which falls under the interdisciplinary programme Social Resilience and Security. This is an interdisciplinary minor, and as such it is suitable for students from a variety of social science disciplines, including security studies, law, criminology, psychology, and related subjects. This course is only available to those following the full minor. If you want to take part in the minor but are unsure whether it suits your background, please contact the coordinator (contact information below).


During this course students are introduced to the criminological and victimological perspectives on offending and victimisation. In particular we will focus on offenders and victims of interpersonal violence, that includes sexual violence, domestic violence, lethal violence, drug-related violence, group-based violence and so forth as well as the victim-offender overlap in interpersonal violence. Students will become acquainted with the criminological and victimological perspectives on interpersonal violence as well as how to research interpersonal violence. Furthermore, students will gain a deeper understanding of the different perspectives on offending and victimisation, that include criminological, labelling, justice and narrative perspectives. These perspectives will be discussed in the lectures using current events, making use of Podcasts and video materials, and through interactive exercises.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students are able to:

  • Understand what victimology and criminology entail and identify its main concepts with regards to victims and offenders of violence;

  • Identify the practices in researching victims and offenders of violence;

  • Identify and analyse the main perspectives in studying offending and victimisation;

  • Apply these main perspectives to current affairs;

  • Present their findings in an academic and professional way.


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

Mode of instruction

13 lectures

Assessment method

Two infographics

  • each 25% of final grade

  • Grades can be compensated

  • resit not possible


  • 50% of final grade

  • Grade cannot be compensated, a 5.5 is required to pass the course.

  • resit is possible

  • resit will take the same form

The Course and Examination Regulation Security Studies and the Rules and Regulation of the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs apply.

Reading list

The study material will be listed on Brightspace.


Register for every course and workgroup via MyStudymap or uSis. Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrolment for the course in uSis you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.

Registration in Brightspace is necessary because the syllabus and information on the modules are found here. Furthermore, announcements and modifications will be communicated via Brightspace. Students have the responsibility to stay informed and are thus advised to regularly check Brightspace for updates. After enrolment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


Dr. Pauline Aarten (course coordinator) & Prof. dr. Marieke Liem


This course takes place in The Hague
All sessions and examinations will be in English
Resits are organised in January