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Violent Crime


Admission requirements

  • Only students enrolled in the MSc Crisis and Security Management can take this course.


Violent crime can have far-reaching societal consequences in terms of victimisation and perceptions of security. Think of domestic violence, group-based violence, ideological violence and violence related to organised crime. This course will examine the causes, structural characteristics of violence and its effects on public order. The course aims to give insight into how we can assess risk of specific types of violence. We will do so by (1) incorporating theoretical approaches from a range of academic disciplines; (2) assessing the causes and correlates and (3) an in-depth analysis of policy-oriented violence prevention mechanisms. Here, we will explore the effectiveness of various interventions at individual and group levels. The course consists of 7 interactive lectures.

Course Objectives

After completing the course the student will be able to: 

  • Understand and apply the main theoretical approaches to violent crime

  • Identify and apply the effectiveness of risk-based interventions in various types of violent crime;

  • Translate evidence-based findings into a risk management strategy for violent crime;

  • Present arguments and analyses individually and as a group, both in written (paper) as well as in accessible (infographic) form.


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

This course consists of 7 interactive lectures.

Students are personally responsible for their own study progress. Lectures will not be recorded. Other course materials will be made available online.

Total study load 140 hours:

  • 21 Contact hours.

  • 119 Self-study hours: reading, preparing lectures, assignments, etc.

Assessment method

The course grade will be based on four types of evaluation: (1) A series of reading-based quizzes, to be completed at the beginning of class, (2) a mid-term assignment, (3) a joined final paper given during exam week.

Quizzes, 40% of final grade
Grade cannot be compensated, a 5.50 is required to pass the course

Mid-Term Assignment, 30% of final grade
Grade can be compensated in case of a fail (grade < 5.50), resit not possible.

Group final paper, 30% of final grade
Grade can be compensated in case of a fail (grade < 5.50), resit not possible.

The calculated grade of the assignments must be at least 5.50 in order to pass the course.
Students are also permitted to resit the 40% assignment if they have a calculated overall course lower than 5.50.

Students are not obliged to hand in an assignment at the first opportunity in order to make use of the re-sit opportunity. The re-sit assignment will test the same course objectives, but will be different in terms of topics, cases or substance.

Transitional Arrangement
Passed partial grades obtained in year 2021-2022 are no longer valid during year 2022-2023. All students are expected to enroll for an elective via mystudymap on a first come first serve basis.

Reading list

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


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 Wednesday 8 March 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.

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.


Prof. dr. Marieke Liem