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Case Study Fukushima


Admission requirements

Mandatory course for students enrolled in the bachelor’s programme Security Studies.


In this course students explore the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. 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 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

  • Students will 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) environmental studies.

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

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

  • Students will be able to carry out an assessment of a safety case by using appropriate theories and present findings in an academic paper.

  • Students will be able to show awareness of the ethical dilemmas relevant to this case study.


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

Mode of instruction

14 lectures and self-study.

Course Load

Total study load of 280 hours

  • Contact hours: 42

  • Self-study hours (including assignment): 235

  • Examination: 3

Assessment method

  • Academic paper: 40%

  • Final exam: 60%

More information will be available on the Blackboard page.
Each partial grade has to be at least 5.50 to pass the course
The calculated grade has to be at least 5.50 to pass the course.

Students will be permitted to re-sit the final exam and/or academic paper if they have a grade lower than 5.50 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.
Resits will take the same form.


Course page will be available one week in advance.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.

Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.

Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted there.


Course coordinator S. Wit MA.