Security is one of the most important responsibilities of a state. In recent years, however, the capacity of national governments to protect citizens and to secure critical infrastructures has come under pressure.
Serious incidents such as terrorist attacks, urban riots, disasters, political scandals and industrial accidents do not occur frequently. But when they do, they demand full attention of all involved in the management of these incidents to avoid or minimize disastrous consequences. Also there are less visible but not less important threats, like (organised) crime, political and religious radicalism, anti-social behaviour, and fear of crime.
We expect governments at all levels of society – from national government to European Union, from local police to international organisations – to protect citizens from these threats. If a threat materialises, we expect governmental elites to manage the crisis. In the aftermath of critical breakdowns governments are expected to investigate what went wrong and to make sure it will never happen again. All these activities fall within the scope of security and crisis management.
Building a just, safe and secure society is a high-ranking priority in most Western countries. It is a prominent task of the state, but it cannot be done by the state on its own. Public opinion often views the criminal justice system as inadequate or ineffective. As a result governments increase their efforts in ‘the fight against crime’. Another consequence is the existence of a large market in private security. For decades different forms of private security have grown, also in public domains.
Students of the Master’s programme in Crisis and Security Management (CSM) will become familiar with the causes of different forms of threats to security, with patterns of responses to these threats, with strategies of prevention and with ‘best practices’. In the master’s programme students will have the opportunity to develop a broad approach with an international perspective or to focus on the specific security questions in The Netherlands.
Strategies against racism and extremism
The course strategies against racism and extremism will not be offered in the academic year 2014-2015 as a result of the substantial restructuring of the program. For those students who need this course to complete their program the course Terrorism & Foreign Fighters can be used as a substitute. Students who participated last year but did not manage to pass the course can apply to the Board of Examiners to be allowed one final re-take for the course Strategies against racism and extremism. Only students who handed in their (final) assignments but failed nonetheless, are eligable to apply for this extra opportunity.
In order to graduate every student has to participate in the components belonging to his or her intake. An “overview” can be found at the right of this screen under ‘links’.
Students who started in the previous academic year can find their program in in the archive of the e-prospectus.
CSM Programma for students who started in February 2014:
Their 3rd block (September-October 2014)
Security and the Rule of Law
Wednesday 3th September till 15th October 2014, 14:00-17:00, SBS A.2.04
Terrorism and Foreign Fighters
Thursday 4th September till 16th October 2014, 10:00-13:00, SBS A.0.01
Thesis (5 ECTS)
Their 4th block (November-December 2014)
Privatization of CSM
Thursday 30 October till 11th December 2014, 10:00-13:00, AvBUE 03.25
Thesis (10 ECTS)
When you have completed your thesis and passed all other courses you can apply for graduation NL / ENG
Intro February 2015
Dear Crisis and Security Management student,
On February 2nd 2015 we are honored to welcome you to the CSM Master. We have an interesting program set up for you that will provide you with practical information and give you a chance to meet some of the staff members and get acquainted with the subject you will be studying this year. During this day we will visit several institutions which are involved in the field of crisis and security management. Also the first lecture of the course ‘Introducing Crisis and Security Management’ will be a part of the program.
The program for the welcome day is as follows:
10:00-12:00 Introductory lecture (Schouwburgstraat auditorium – A0/06)
12:30-13:30 Visit Ministry of Defense. Discussion of their role and involvement in times of
13:30-14:30 Lunch (Stichthage 13th floor- room Benoordenhout)
14:30-15:30 Presentation COT (Stichthage 13th floor- room Benoordenhout)
15:30-16:30 Tour of the Hague and drinks at Plein
Please bring a valid passport or an EU ID-card or you won’t be able to join the visit at the Ministry of Defense. For security purposes we have to provide your name and address to the ministry beforehand. Therefore please fill out this form before Wednesday 28th of January, 23:59. Attendance at the introductory lecture is compulsory.
If you have any questions regarding the welcome day you can contact Simone de Ruijter
A route description for the Schouwburgstraat and Stichthage locations can be found here:
We hope to see you on Monday the 2nd of February!
Prof. Edwin Bakker, Jelle van Buuren, Daan Weggemans
Students start February 2015
We can imagine that you might have questions as you are about to start a new study, perhaps even in a new country. These are our walk-in consultations and are our contact details
In addition we organize a ‘meet & greet’ on this date:
January 26th 12.00-14.00, location Schouwburgstraat, room A201
It is not mandatory, you won’t miss out an essential information if you cannot come. It is merely intended as an opportunity to meet and ask questions in an informal setting.
Jolanda den Heijer & Sofie Delpeut