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Economics of Safety and Security


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.


In your future job as an academic or as a professional in the safety and security domain you will be confronted with economic dimensions of safety and security. For example, professionals, politicians, media, and citizens regularly put forward economic arguments regarding safety and security. Also, governance strategies and policy measures are adopted or rejected based on economic grounds. Further, safety and security challenges have economic causes and/or consequences. Therefore this course aims to provide you with basic economic knowledge and skills.

We will study the economic dimensions of a diverse set of safety and security cases such as disasters, pandemics, and wars.

Course objectives

After this course students are able to:

  • Understand the economic dimensions of safety and security in terms of cause, effect, and impact on individual, group, and societal level.

  • Acquire basic knowledge and understand economic dimensions of governing security and safety in terms of governance strategies, practices and dilemmas.

  • Apply basic economic concepts to security and/or safety challenges and governance strategies.

  • Identify and evaluate the economic dimensions of security challenges and strategies and construct a logical judgement about these.

  • Construct informed arguments on economics of security in both academic and professional contexts.


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

7 plenary lectures.
4 course labs in smaller groups.

Attendance of the course labs is mandatory. If you miss more than 1 course lab you fail the course and won’t obtain a final grade.

Total study load of 140 hours

  • Contact hours: 33

  • Self-study hours (including assignments): 104

  • Examination: 3

Assessment method

Assignment 1

  • 25% of final grade

  • Grade must be compensated

  • Resit not possible

Assignment 2

  • 25% of final grade

  • Grade must be compensated

  • Resit not possible

Final Written Exam

  • 50% of final grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher

  • Resit of a fail is possible

  • Resit will take the same form

Students will also be permitted to resit the final written exam (50%) if they have a calculated overall course grade lower than 5.50.

Transitional Arrangements
Passed partial grades obtained in year 2020-2021 remain valid during year 2021-2022. Students who did not meet the course lab attendance requirements in 2020-2021 are required to attend the course labs in 2021-2022.

Reading list

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


Use uSis to register for this course. Registration for courses in uSis is possible from 15 December, 13.00h. Pay attention: Registration in uSis for the workgroups is possible from 15 February, 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.

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.


dr. Max van Lent


For exceptions, please contact the Board of Examiners.