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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, and is also available as an elective. 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, child studies, and related subjects. If you would like to take part in the minor, but if you are unsure whether it suits your background, please contact the coordinator (contact information below).


In this course, we will focus on offenders and victims of interpersonal violence. In doing so, we address the main subtypes of violence, and zoom in on the most important causes and correlates of interpersonal violence. Students will become acquainted with theoretical perspectives that can help explain interpersonal violence, as well as how to research interpersonal violence. 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 the main theoretical approaches to explain interpersonal violence; · Identify the practices in researching offenders and victims of interpersonal violence; · Identify and analyze the main subtypes of violent offending and victimization; · Apply theoretical perspectives to current affairs involving interpersonal violence; · 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, including guest lectures.

Total study load for 10 ECTS = 280 hours:
28 hrs lecture
3 hrs exam
249 hrs self-study: reading, preparing lectures, working on assignments, revision for the exam, etc.

Assessment method

Mid-term assignment

  • 30% of final grade

  • Grade can be compensated

  • Resit is not possible


  • 70% 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

More information on the assignments will become available on Brightspace during the course, and will be discussed in class.

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.

Transitional arrangements
Grades obtained for this course in previous academic years are no longer valid in academic year 2023-2024

Reading list

The study material will be listed on Brightspace. The corresponding Brightspace course will become available one week prior to the first lecture.


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.


Prof. dr. Marieke Liem


This course takes place at Leiden University, Campus The Hague.
Resits will take place in January.
All sessions and assignments will be in English.