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Case Study Fukushima

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2022-2023

Admission requirements

Mandatory course for students enrolled in the bachelor’s programme Security Studies.
Only students enrolled into the bachelor’s programme Security Studies can follow this course. This course is also open for inbound exchange students. Exchange students must be admitted by the FGGA International Office prior to the start of the course.

Description

On May 11th, 2011 an earthquake caused a tsunami that hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant. This eventually led to a nuclear meltdown and release of radioactive material. This disaster is an example of a non-intentional threat (safety) to vital interests in modern society.

By following the logic of interdisciplinary thinking, students will learn how to understand and explain the Fukushima disaster in terms of causes, effects and implications for organisations (public and private), citizens and the natural environment.

Students will explore the Fukushima case by applying knowledge and methods from relevant academic disciplines. They will learn to review an event, or set of events, through the lenses of various academic perspectives and gain the ability to apply this skill to other cases in the domain of security and safety.

Course objectives

After this course students will be able able to:

  • Acquire knowledge and comprehension of several basic safety concepts and/or methods, in relation with the following disciplines: (1) engineering; (2) public administration; (3) cultural studies; (4) moral philosophy; and (5) environmental studies.

  • Acquire knowledge and all-round understanding of non-intentional disasters affecting vital interests in modern societies.

  • Select, weigh and integrate concepts and methods from relevant disciplines in order to gain a deeper understanding of a real-life safety case.

  • Carry out an assessment of a safety case by using appropriate theories and present findings in an academic paper.

  • Show awareness of the ethical dilemmas relevant to this case study.

Timetable

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

Mode of instruction

14 lectures and self-study.

Total study load of 280 hours

  • Contact hours: 42

  • Self-study hours (including assignment): 235

  • Examination: 3

Assessment method

Academic Paper

  • 40% of the final grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher

  • Resit of a fail is possible

  • Resit will take the same form

Final Exam

  • 60% of the final grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher

  • Resit of a fail is possible

  • Resit will take the same form

Transitional Arrangement
Passed partial grades obtained in year 2021-2022 remain valid during year 2022-2023.

Reading list

A selection of books and articles will be announced on Brightspace.

Registration

Register yourself via MyStudymap for each course, workgroup and exam (not all courses have workgroups and/or exams). Do so on time, before the start of the course; some courses and workgroups have limited spaces. You can view your personal schedule in MyTimetable after logging in.

Registration for this course is possible from Tuesday 13 December 13.00h.

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrolment for the course in MyStudymap you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.
Access to Brightspace is necessary because the syllabus and other information about this course can be 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 registration for an exam you still need to confirm your attendance via MyStudymap. If you do not confirm, you will ultimately be de-registered and you will not be allowed to take the exam.

More information on registration via MyStudymap can be found on this page.

Please note: guest-/contract-/exchange students do not register via MyStudymap but via uSis. Guest-/contract-/exchange students also do not have to confirm their participation for exams via MyStudymap.

Contact

Course coordinator Dr. Andrea Bartolucci

Remarks

For exceptions, please contact the Board of Examiners.