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Integrated Project 1


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 Integrated Project 1, students will be challenged to integrate the knowledge and understanding they have gathered in the first year courses and apply these to a case in a group project. The central theme of this course is local security and public order. We will focus on security-related threats facing citizens and local authorities in their direct living environments. Students will choose present-day challenges related to local security and public order, and will develop artefacts aimed at addressing these problems and rendering change according to the principles and methods of Design Science. The course consists of three lectures and twelve lab sessions.

The first lecture will introduce students to the topics of local security and public order. We will unpack the characteristics of contemporary security threats to (groups of) citizens living in urban settings and explore which actors play an important role in governing these threats. The second lecture will focus on real world practices of governing local security challenges by looking at actual cases. These could include urban crime, rioting or perceived security by (groups of) citizens. We will consider what we know about causes, effects and strategies for local authorities and partners to keep their cities safe. This lecture will give students the opportunity to acquire inspiration for topics on their artefacts. The third lecture will focus on working in the field of local security governance. We will invite practitioners to share their stories as a way to inform students about their potential career path. Your lecturers will also be available to answer questions about the artefact you are developing throughout this course.

In the twelve lab sessions, students will study one particular artefact form. They will learn how these artefact forms can be used to generate change, which strategies can be employed and how to best address target audiences. Specialists from the field will be invited to talk about their experiences with these artefacts and the topic of local security and public order.

Course objectives

After the course, students are able to:

  • Identify and contextualise a contemporary local security and public order threat, explain the scope of the threat and understand which actors and stakeholders are involved.

  • Identify potential target audiences to generate social change related to this local security challenge.

  • Compose a basic systematic literature review.

  • Design, construct and present an artefact according to the principles of design science intended to prevent, mitigate and manage this local security challenge.

  • Apply project management skills as well as teamwork skills to the project.

  • Demonstrate awareness regarding ethical and social dilemmas involved in their case study.


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

Lectures, lab sessions, project work.

Attendance of the course labs is mandatory. If you miss more than 3 lab sessions, you fail the course and will not obtain a final grade. Students who missed more than 3 lab sessions are not allowed to take part in the resit(s).

Total study load of 280 hours:

  • Lectures: 9

  • Twelve lab sessions (including guest lectures and work sessions): 36

  • Self/group-study hours (including assignments): 235

Assessment method

Academic Paper

  • 45% of final grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher

  • Resit of a fail is possible

  • Resit will take same form

Artefact Portfolio

  • 55% of final grade

  • Overall grade of the portfolio must be 5.50 or higher

  • Resit of a failed portfolio component is possible, with a maximum of 2 failed assignments

  • Resits that require resubmitting improved versions of portfolio components will be capped (70%).

Transitional arrangement
Students who participated in the course ‘Integrated Project 1’ in academic year 2021-2022, failed the portfolio, but passed the academic paper, cannot carry over their grade for the academic paper to the academic year 2022-2023. These students will have to do the academic paper as well as all assignments for the portfolio again and are required to attend the lab sessions.

Students who participated in the course ‘Integrated Project 1' in academic year 2021-2022, failed the academic paper, but passed the artefact portfolio, can keep the grade for the artefact portfolio. These students are not required to attend the lab sessions.

Reading list

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


Register yourself via MyStudymap for each course, workgroup and exam (not all courses have workgroups and/or exams).
Do so on time, before the start of the course; some courses and workgroups have limited spaces. You can view your personal schedule in MyTimetable after logging in.
Registration for this course is possible from Tuesday 12 December 13.00h

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrolment for the course in MyStudymap you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course. 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.

After registration for an exam you still need to confirm your attendance via MyStudymap. If you do not confirm, you will ultimately be de-registered and you will not be allowed to take the exam.

More information on registration via MyStudymap can be found on this page.

Please note: guest-/contract-/exchange students do not register via MyStudymap but via uSis. Guest-/contract-/exchange students also do not have to confirm their participation for exams via MyStudymap.


Aayushi Shah, course coordinator


For exceptions, please contact the Board of Examiners.