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Local Security Networks

Vak 2014-2015

Entry requirements

Only students from Crisis and Security Management can take this course.


One of the core concepts of the MA Crisis & Security Management is ‘governance’. In this course we will focus on the local level of governance. The police and local authorities are responsible for guaranteeing public security. As a result of the increasing complexity of security issues, the growing political awareness of citizens and the fiscal problems of the state the police and local authorities are compelled to share responsibilities with other public and private actors. Local security networks are founded in order to combat crime more effectively. In the course we will discuss the relevant aspects and characteristics of these networks, such as the governance of networks and the effectivity and transparency of the decision making within networks.

Learning objectives

After completing the course the student has a clear understanding of
• the relevant aspects of local security networks
• the factors that contribute to the success or failure of these networks
• the effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and legitimacy of these networks



Methods of instruction

The sessions will consists of lectures, a presentation and self-study. This course is compulsory.

Study load

  • total study load 140 hrs, of which – contact hours: 24 hrs. – self-study hours: 96 hrs.

Method of assessment

A group presentation (20%), a paper (40%) and a written exam (40%).


Yes, from the start of the course.

Other course materials/literature

• Lex Cachet, Sofie De Kimpe, Paul Ponsaers & Arthur Ringeling, Governance of the Security in the Netherlands and Belgium, BJu Legal Publishers, 2008
• Ched Whelan, Networks and National Security: Dynamics, Effectiveness and Organisation, Farmham: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2012
• Course materials, available on blackboard


Registration for every course and exam in USIS is mandatory. For courses, registration is possible from four weeks up to three days before the start of the course.
For exams, registration is possible from four weeks up to ten days before the date of the examination.



Crisis and Security Management