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Violent Crime


Admission requirements

  • Only students enrolled in the MSc Crisis and Security Management can take this course.


Violent crime can have far-reaching societal consequences in terms of victimization and perceptions of security. Think of domestic violence, group-based violence, ideological violence and violence related to organized crime. This course will examine the causes, structural characteristics of violence and its effects on public order. The course aims to give insight into how we can assess risk of specific types of violence. We will do so by (1) incorporating theoretical approaches from a range of academic disciplines; (2) assessing the causes and correlates and (3) an in-depth analysis of policy-oriented violence prevention mechanisms. Here, we will explore the effectiveness of various interventions at individual and group levels. The course consists of 7 interactive lectures.

Course Objectives

After completing the course the student will be able to: 

  • Understand and apply the main theoretical approaches to violent crime

  • Identify and apply the effectiveness of risk-based interventions in various types of violent crime;

  • Translate evidence-based findings into a risk management strategy for violent crime;

  • Present arguments and analyses individually and as a group, both in written (paper) as well as in accessible (infographic) form.


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

This course consists of 7 interactive lectures.

Students are personally responsible for their own study progress. Lectures will not be recorded. Other course materials will be made available online.

Total study load 140 hours:

  • 21 Contact hours.

  • 119 Self-study hours: reading, preparing lectures, assignments, etc.

Assessment method

The course grade will be based on four types of evaluation: (1) A series of reading-based quizzes, to be completed at the beginning of class, (2) a mid-term assignment, (3) a joined final paper given during exam week.

Quizzes, 40% of final grade
Grade cannot be compensated, a 5.50 is required to pass the course

Mid-Term Assignment, 30% of final grade
Grade can be compensated in case of a fail (grade < 5.50), resit not possible.

Group final paper, 30% of final grade
Grade can be compensated in case of a fail (grade < 5.50), resit not possible.

The calculated grade of the assignments must be at least 5.50 in order to pass the course.
If a student passed an assignment, it is not possible to participate in a re-sit in order to obtain a higher grade.

Students are not obliged to hand in an assignment at the first opportunity in order to make use of the re-sit opportunity. The re-sit assignment will test the same course objectives, but will be different in terms of topics, cases or substance.

Reading list

A selection of books, articles, videos and podcasts, to be announced on Brightspace.


Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Registration in uSis is possible from 7 March, 13.00h. 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. Important information about the course is posted here.
After enrolment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


Prof. dr. Marieke Liem