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Proximity of Violence


Admission requirements

Only students of the MSc Crisis and Security Management, enrolled in the specialisation ‘Governance of Violence’ can take this course.

Those who are not familiar with basic quantitative skills are advised to read up on some basic concepts before the start of the course – the syllabus will point you towards some resources.


In this course, we will look at relational proximity between victims and offenders of violence. Specifically, we will focus on the nature, extent, and aftermath of intimate partner, domestic and other interpersonal violence in national and global contexts as well as the implications and governance strategies for practice and policy. We will look at relational proximity through an interdisciplinary lens where different perspectives in theory from psychology, anthropology, public health, and criminology, research and practice are brought together to understand this complex phenomenon. We will consider risk factors for being a victim or offender of violence, norms and institutions that promote or discourage violence in relational settings, patterns of violence within relationships, and intergenerational and cultural transmission of violence.

Alongside the content-focused lectures, the course will also include some lectures and activities focused on developing core research skills. The core skill developed in this course is Data Analysis. You will work with quantitative data and apply statistical analyses to the data you gather. Those who are not familiar with basic quantitative skills are advised to read up on some basic concepts before the start of the course – the syllabus will point you towards some resources.

Course objectives

  1. Advanced knowledge and understanding of the body of literature/ state of the art of studies in the field of governance of violence.
  2. Advanced knowledge and understanding of the societal, political and administrative dynamics of violence, particularly at the micro-level.
  3. Identify and apply relevant theoretical or analytical frameworks and methodologies to analyse real-life crisis and security related problems and cases in a conceptually and methodological rigorous manner.
  4. Draw conclusions, make judgments and provide solutions to real-life problems or societal issues based on empirical data and on sound and balanced argumentation, considering the specific context of the practice/case at hand, with a special emphasis on the validity and reliability of data in the specific context of crisis and security research.
  5. Provide strategic analysis and advice to decision-makers.
  6. Self-evaluate and reflect after interactive in-class work and individual assignments.


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 will be taught through interactive lectures and guest lectures (2 sessions a week). In the lectures, students will learn the key principles of research, and the relevant concepts and methodologies.

Attendance is mandatory. Students are only allowed to miss more than one lecture if there are special, demonstrable personal circumstances. The Board of Examiners, in consultation with the study advisors, will decide on such an exceptional exemption of mandatory attendance

Total study load: 280h

  • contact hours: 42h (sessions) ·

  • self-study (reading, preparing lectures, assignments, etc.): 238h

Assessment method

The learning goals associated with this course (see above) will be assessed through 3 summative assessments and 1 formative assessment.

Weekly Quizzes

  • 10% of final grade

  • Resit not possible

  • Grade must be compensated in case of a fail (grade < 5.50)

Written exams

  • 20% of final grade

  • Resit not possible

  • Grade must be compensated in case of a fail (grade < 5.50)

Midterm group assignment

  • 20% of final grade

  • Resit not possible

  • Grade needs to be compensated in case of a fail (grade < 5.50)

Individual final assignment

  • 50% of final grade

  • Resit is possible

  • Resit takes the same form

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course

*Additional, formative (non-graded) assignments are mandatory.

The calculated overall course grade must be at least 5.50 in order to pass the course. If the calculated overall course grade is lower than 5.50, students are also permitted to resit the 50% exam.

In the case of written assessment methods, the examiner can always initiate a follow-up conversation with the student to establish whether the learning objectives have been met.

Reading list

A selection of books and articles, podcasts and documentaries 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 Wednesday 13 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.

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


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The corresponding Brightspace course will become available one week prior to the first seminar.