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.
You can find the link to the programme overview on the right side of this page.
Only students of the MSc Crisis and Security Management can participate in the courses of Crisis and Security Management
Mandatory for all students (50 EC): Courses as in overview (35 EC) and Thesis (15 EC)
- Introduction into Crisis and Security Management
- Local Security Networks
- Security in Historical Perspective
- Research Design
- Privatization of Crisis and Security Management
- Internationalization of Crisis and Security Management
- Crisis Management
Two electives (10 EC):
Students who start in September need to take one elective in block 3 and one in block 4
Students who start in February need to take one elective in block 1 and one in block 2 (2016/2017)
1. Security and the Rule of Law (block 1 and 3)
2. Governance of Crime and Social Disorder (block 1 and 3)
3. Terrorism & Foreign Fighters (block 1 and 3)
4. Interpersonal Violence (block 2 and 4)
5. Governance of Cyber Security (block 2 and 4)
6. World of Intelligence Services (block 2 and 4)
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 2015:
Their 3rd block (September-October 2015)
Thesis (5 ECTS)
Their 4th block (November-December 2015)
Thesis (10 ECTS)
When you have completed your thesis and passed all other courses you can apply for graduation NL / ENG
Students start September 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 contact details”:http://campusdenhaag.leiden.edu/publicadministration/organisation/administrativeoffice/study-advisers-public-administration.html
For new students and new students only! we organise a special walk-in on September 2nd, from 13.00-14.30 hrs
Sofie Delpeut, Tineke Choi & Jolanda den Heijer