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Skills Lab 3


Admission requirements

Mandatory course for students enrolled in the bachelor’s programme Security Studies. Only students of the Bachelor Security Studies can take this course.


Skills Lab 3 builds on Skills Labs 1 & 2, and aims to further train academic and professional skills. In the backdrop of different disciplines students will work on developing a variety of skills: application of theory, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership, academic writing, debating and presenting. In addition, students will get acquainted with different safety science tools to study safety challenges and learn how to analyse media sources. The skills labs are highly interactive and require students to actively participate in a wide variety of in-class exercises.

Through the Explore-Understand-Do method Skills Lab 3 also aims to bring about a deeper understanding of safety related concepts and topics by explaining, discussing and practising the content of the core course 'Case Study Fukushima'.

Each student will also have an individual student-tutor meeting.

Various assignments will be used to monitor and assess the students’ skills development and study progress. Students will regularly discuss and reflect on their progress and performance with each other and their tutor.

Course objectives

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Apply theory to study and analyse safety challenges;

  • Construct a rudimentary media analysis to assess and compare international media coverage of the Fukushima disaster;

  • Apply safety science tools to the Fukushima case;

  • Identify and analyse decision making processes at the micro, meso and macro level, as well as evaluate and apply leadership skills needed in crisis management;

  • Consider and debate the (ethical) safety and security challenges involved in nuclear energy use; and

  • Use different concepts, lenses and methods to explore and assess disaster impact in a mono, multi and interdisciplinary fashion.


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

The course includes 14 lab sessions, which will employ various active learning methods.

Attendance is mandatory. Missing more than 3 sessions will lead to a fail. Students who have missed more than 3 sessions are not allowed to take part in the resit(s).

Total study load of 140 hours:

  • Lab hours: 42

  • Self-study hours: 98

Assessment method

  1. 15% Participation
    1. 25% Written group assignment
    2. 30% Written individual assignment
    3. 30% Group presentation

All grades (participation, both written assignments and the group presentation) will be collected in a portfolio which makes up for 100% of the grade. The calculated grade of all portfolio parts has to be at least 5.50 in order to pass the course.

Students with a calculated grade lower than 5.50 for their portfolio are eligible for a resit of a maximum of 2 portfolio components. It is impossible to resit the 15% participation grade.

Transitional Arrangement
Grades obtained for this course in previous academic years are no longer valid in academic year 2021-2022.

Reading list

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


Use uSis to register for this course. Registration in uSis is possible from 15 December, 21:00h. 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.

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.

Please keep an eye on the general Brightspace page as the study coordinators will use that platform to inform you about the registration start date for each 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.


Course coordinator drs. Celesta Kofman


For exceptions, please contact the Board of Examiners.