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Crisis and Security Management

Crisis and Security Management

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.

Timetable and programme overview

You can find the link to 1) the timetable and 2) the programme overview on the right side of this page. Use this timetable to select your courses.
Only students of the MSc Crisis and Security Management can participate in the courses of Crisis and Security Management

Intro

Dear Crisis and Security Management student,

On Januari 30th 2017 we are honoured to welcome you to the Crisis and Security Management Master. We have an interesting programme set up for you that will provide you with practical information, give you a chance to meet some of the staff members and get acquainted with the subject you will be studying this year. The mandatory first lecture of the course ‘Introduction into Crisis and Security Management’ will also be a part of the programme.

The programme for the welcome day will be published asap

If you have any questions regarding the welcome day please send an e-mail to csm@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

We hope to see you on Monday the 30th of January!

On behalf of Professor Edwin Bakker,

With kind regards,

dr. Jelle van Buuren
Programme Director

Introduction Programme

Security ranks high on both the societal as well as political agenda. The threat of terrorism, transnational organized crime, civil war, urban riots or natural disasters is making headlines almost every day and is a guarantee for political turmoil. Although from a factual perspective the risk of high-end security incidents is in most Western countries low, the risk perception is far more higher. When it comes to security and crisis, risk perception seems to be as important as actual risk assessments.

During the one year multi-disciplinary master program students will become familiar with the political and social dimensions of the governance of (in)security and crises. By analyzing security discourses, security actors, security practices and security outcomes students will become acquainted with the ‘wicked problem’ of security and crises topics in a complex and globalizing world.

As security is no longer a public good solely provided by state actors or public actors but the combined outcome of public actors, private security actors, civil society and citizens as well, the master program will focus on the multiplicity of actors engaged in defining and practicing security.

Further, as a result of the globalized and interwoven world of today in which incidents, images and messages travel within seconds from one part of the world to another part of the world, students will study current security and crisis challenges from a ‘glocal’ perspective: both global and local levels and especially the nexus of those levels.

In the master’s program students will be confronted with the insights of various academic disciplines and a combination of theory and practice and skills relevant for a professional career in public or private security and crisis organizations. Students will become familiar with the causes of different forms of crises and threats to security, with patterns of responses and governance of these phenomena, and policies and strategies to prevent threats, incidents or crises. The Master thesis project provides students the opportunity to specifically focus on one particular type of crisis or security issue and how certain actors deal with it.

Programme

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.

Students that will start in February 2017:

As you can see in the programme overview, the master CSM consists of obligatory core courses and specialised elective courses. The elective courses are taught in small groups in order to grant you the optimal learning experience. Therefore there is a limit to the number of students that can take part in an elective. In January you will receive an invitation for the introduction day. In that email we will also send you a form on which you can express your preference for the elective courses. We will do our very best to place you in the elective you prefer most, but if too many students sign up for the same elective we will decide who joins by means of a blind selection.

New students will start with two mandatory courses and one elective in their first block. You will only need to register yourself for the mandatory courses in Usis. In the second block, you will need to register for both the mandatory courses and the electives in USis. Be aware that the references to either a block or a semesters is always stated in terms of the academic year starting in September. Students that start in September will begin in semester 1, block 1, while students of the February cohorts begin in semester 2, block 3.

Schedule for those starting February 2017:

Mandatory courses
• Introduction into Crisis and Security Management
• Security in Historical Perspective
• Crisis management
• Research Design
• Europeanization of Crisis and Security Management
• Local Security Networks
• Thesis preparation
• Thesis

You can choose one of the following electives in block 3 (starting February 2017)
• Governance of cyber security
• World of intelligence
• Interpersonal Violence

You can choose one of the following electives in block 4 (starting March 2017)
• Dealing with terrorism and foreign fighters (Usis activity code 4431)
• Security and the rule of law (Usis activity code 4368)
• Governance of crime and social disorder (Usis activity code 4406)
• Privatization of CSM (Usis activity code 4414)

Starting September 2016 the programme structure is changed. Please take a close look at the programme overview and the following instructions to make sure you follow the right path. Be aware that the references to either a block or a semesters is always stated in terms of the academic year starting in September. Students that start in September will begin in semester 1, block 1, while students of the February cohorts begin in semester 2, block 3. Following the restructuring of the programme both cohorts will be choosing electives in block 1 and block 2. Please make sure to choose one of the electives that is offered to your specific cohort, and enroll yourself trough Usis as soon as the courses are available in the system.

Students that started in February 2016:

Mandatory courses:

  • Introduction into Crisis and Security Management
  • Security in Historical Perspective
    ~ Local Security Networks
    ~ Privatization of CSM
    ~ Internationalization of CSM
  • Research Design
  • Crisis management (Usis activity code: 1699)
  • Thesis

~ Please check the Transitional Arrangements if you haven’t completed these courses yet

You can choose one of the following electives in block 1 (starting September 2016)

0 Dealing with terrorism and foreign fighters (Usis activity code: 1729)
0 Security and the rule of law (Usis activity code: 1689)
0 Governance of crime and social disorder (Usis activity code: 1820)

You can choose one of the following electives in block 2 (starting November 2016)
0 Governance of cyber security (Usis activity code: 1886)
0 World of intelligence services (Usis activity code: 1823)
0 Interpersonal Violence (Usis activity code: 1907)

Students that will start in September 2016:

Mandatory courses:

  • Introduction into Crisis and Security Management (Usis activity code: 11155)
  • Security in Historical Perspective (Usis activity code: 1690)
  • Crisismanagement (Usis activity code: 1882)
  • Research Design (Usis activity code: 1883)
  • Europeanization of Crisis and Security Management (Usis activity code: 4303)
  • Local Security Networks (Usis activity code: 4249)
  • Thesis preparation (Usis activity code: 4305/4306)
  • Thesis

You can choose one of the following electives in block 1 (starting September 2016)

0 Governance of cyber security ((Usis activity code: 1885)
0 World of intelligence (Usis activity code: 1822)
0 Interpersonal Violence (Usis activity code: 1906)

You can choose one of the following electives in block 2 (starting November 2016)

0 Dealing with terrorism and foreign fighters (Usis activity code: 1934)
0 Security and the rule of law (Usis activity code: 1816)
0 Governance of crime and social disorder (Usis activity code: 1821)
0 Privatization of CSM (Usis activity code: 1884)

Courses

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction into Crisis and Security Management 5
Security in Historical Perspective 5
Governance of Cyber Security 5
World of Intelligence 5
Interpersonal Violence 5
Crisis Management 5
Research design 5
Dealing with Terrorism & Foreign Fighters 5
Security and the Rule of Law 5
Governance of Crime and Social Disorder 5
Privatization of CSM 5
Europeanisation of Crisis and Security Management 5,0
Local Security Networks 5
Thesis Preparation 5
Thesis CSM 15

Questions and contact

Dear Student,

Welcome to the Master’s programme Crisis and Security Management! We can imagine that you might have questions as you are about to start a new study, perhaps even in a new country. You are always welcome to visit us during our consultation hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Our contact details can be found on this web page Study advisor. Do please note that we are not open on Monday 5 September as we will be present at the introduction meetings. We hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

Sofie Delpeut, Tineke Choi & Jolanda den Heijer

Study advisers Institute of Public Administration

Transitional arrangements

Transitional Arrangements:

Terrorism and Foreign Fighters – Academic year 2015-2016 – block 3 February 2016

Following the restructuring of the master’s programme that will apply from the academic year 2016-2017, the elective course “Terrorism and Foreign Fighters” will be offered under a new name “Dealing with Terrorism and Foreign Fighters” as of September 2016. Students who participated in the “Terrorism and Foreign Fighters” course in the academic year 2015-2016 but did not manage to pass the course can follow “Dealing with Terrorism and Foreign Fighters” as a substitute (in block II in November 2016 or block IV in April 2017), or enroll in another elective.

Local security networks – Academic year 2015-2016 – Block 3 – February 2016

Following the restructuring of the masters’s programme that will apply from the academic year 2016-2017 Local security networks will only be offered once during the academic year 2016-2017, in the second semester. Those students who need this course to complete their program in the first semester of 2016-2017, are offered one final chance in the form of a paper. Only students who handed in their (final) assignments and took part in the exam but failed the course nonetheless, are eligible to apply for this extra opportunity. If so, please contact p.e.hutten@fgga.leidenuniv.nl to receive further instructions. The deadline of the assignment is set on October 28th 2016.

Internationalization of CSM – Academic year 2015-2016 – block 4 April 2016

Following the restructuring of the masters’s programme that will apply from the academic year 2016-2017, the mandatory course Internationalization of CSM will be offered under a new name “Europeanization of CSM” as of April 2017. Students who participated in the “Internationalization of CSM” course in the academic year 2015-2016 but did not manage to pass the course have to follow “Europeanization of CSM” instead. Europeanization of CSM will only be offered once during the academic year 2016-2017 in the second semester. Those students who need this course to complete their program in the first semester of academic year 2016-2017 are offered one final chance in the form of a paper. Only students who handed in their (final) assignments but failed nonetheless, are eligible to apply for this extra opportunity. If so, please contact p.e.hutten@fgga.leidenuniv.nl to receive further instructions. The deadline of the assignment is set on October 28th 2016.

Privatization of CSM – Academic year 2015-2016 – block 4 April 2016

Following the restructuring of the masters’s programme that will apply from the academic year 2016-2017, the course “Privatization of CSM” will be only be offered as an elective from September 2016 onwards. Students who participated in the “Privatization of CSM” course as a mandatory component of their master program in the academic year 2015-2016, are therefore required to take the elective “Privatization of CSM” in block II, starting November 2016. Because of limited seating capacity in this elective, it is important to contact the study-advisors as soon as possible if this applies to you.