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BSc Security Studies

On this page you will find all information about the Bachelor of Security Studies that you need as a prospective student. More information will be added on this page in the near future, so keep an eye on it!

Because of the Corona circumstances, we will organise some online activities in the first week to meet your fellow students, your student mentor, your tutor and tutor group. We will keep you updated about the first month.

In your first month, you will start with following the courses Introduction into Safety & Security and Skills Lab 1. In these courses you will learn the basics of Security Studies and doing an academic study in general. In this month you will also have to make sure that you get your student card, with which you can get access to the bicycle shed, the printers and different locations of Leiden University in the Hague. You will meet your fellow students and learn to know the faculty and city of the Hague.

It’s great that you’re planning to come and study with us. These are uncertain times, but there’s one thing we know for certain: when you study at Leiden University, you can be sure the education you receive will be of the highest quality. Read more on the website of Leiden University.

The first year of Security Studies is introductory and very diverse. It gives you a look into the broad range of the security sector. Courses on subjects as terrorism, war and politics in the Middle-East are followed by courses about the nuclear industry, politics and organisational models in the Western world and Japan. This makes sure that you will not get bored of a subject since there is so much variation in the course. Security Studies really is an interdisciplinary course and you will notice this from the first block onwards. In the first year you will not only learn various new academic skills but you will also meet a lot of new people and you will experience what being a student is like.

Binding Study Advice

As a first-year student at Leiden University, you are subject to the Binding Study Advice. This means that, in your first year, you will have to obtain at least 45 of the 60 credits (EC) if you wish to continue the programme in your second year.

Are you experiencing issues during the course of the programme? Do you have personal or other problems that are slowing you down and influencing your performance? Don’t wait until things — maybe — sort themselves out. Your study programme has two experienced study advisors who are willing to provide professional support. More information about them can be found on the student portal.

Integrated Projects on physical violence and public order

The first year students of Bachelor Security Studies follow the course Integrated Project 1. In July 2020 students of the class of 2022 finished this course. As part of the programme's teaching philosophy ‘Explore, Understand, Do’, the students were required to combine the knowledge and understanding they’d gathered throughout their first year, and develop an artefact aimed at addressing a present-day challenge related to physical violence and public order.

The goal was to create an artefact of their choosing that could render change, according to the principles and methods of design science. The majority of the students ended up making a podcast, for which they investigated various issues such as domestic violence, sex trafficking, anti-Semitism, riots, and police brutality. While the students faced the adverse challenge of working online and trying to set up interviews during a pandemic, they produced commendable pieces of work in just seven weeks. Their podcasts are now available on various streaming platforms, which you can check out on the website of Anchor FM.

After a broad introduction to security and safety in modern society, you gain insight into different vulnerabilities and threats, the actors involved, and approaches to safety and security issues. You study two complex real life case with local, national, regional and global dimensions: Syria, and Fukushima. You begin to acquire and improve such academic and professional skills as: critical thinking, writing, communication, research, teamwork, intercultural skills, organisational & leadership skills.

Who are your lecturers in your first year?

Block 1: Introduction to Security and Safety

Block 2: Case Study Syria

  • Ernst Dijxhoorn Assistant Professor

  • James Shires Assistant Professor

    I am one of the lecturers on the Security Studies programme, and I will be running the course ‘Case Study Syria’ in Block 2 with my esteemed colleagues Ernst Dijxhoorn and Aayushi Shah. I joined Leiden University in September 2019, and my research focuses on the intersection between cybersecurity governance and Middle East politics. I have a background in International Relations and have researched and worked in the US, UK, and Middle East. Our course will give you an insight into the complex realities underneath the headlines on the Syrian conflict and to explore together its causes, development, worldwide repercussions, and prospects for peace. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Block 3: Case Study Fukushima

  • Sander Wit Tutor / Lecturer

    Welcome to Security Studies! I am the coordinator and one of the main lecturers of the course Case Study: Fukushima. My background is in International Relations and Asian Studies, with a focus on international security in East Asia. I have lived and studied in Japan and Taiwan, and closely follow developments in the region. In this course, we will explore and examine the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima. How could such an enormous disaster happen in a country that is well known for its high safety standards and technological prowess? What are the impacts of the disaster, both in Japan and elsewhere? And what does it mean for the potential of using nuclear energy as a sustainable energy source? I look forward to meeting you all and considering these questions and more together in the second semester!

Block 1, 2, 3: Skills Labs

Block 4: Research Methods 1

  • Pauline Aarten Assistant Professor

    Hello and welcome to the exciting Bachelor of Security Studies. My name is Pauline Aarten and I am a criminologist and victimologist. Besides my research expertise in homicide and victimization of severe violent offenses, I am teaching the Research Methods courses in years 1, 2 and 3. During my PhD and thereafter I have included many different methodologies in my research. For this reason I have been asked to teach you about research methods. In these courses you will learn how to critically evaluate current research in the area of safety and security issues and learn how to conduct your own academic research. These skills will not only help you write your bachelor thesis, they will also be useful when you enter work life after completing this study. Safety and security issues need to be properly understood and problems need solutions based on accurate information. This can only be achieved with good scientific research. You, as a future security professional do not only have knowledge about pressing security challenges, but you will also be able to formulate valid and reliable solutions based on new or available research. I look forward to meeting you all in the second semester.

Block 4: Integrated Project 1

Your tutor group will exist of a maximum of 15 first-years students, a second or third-year student (the studentmentor), and a teacher tutor. In the first few months you will meet with this group once a week. These regular meetings with the tutor group will ensure the necessary binding with the university, as some of the education is expected to be online. In this way you will get to know your fellow students so you can meet up and study for example. It will also help you getting to know the university and its facilities.

During the meetings, several topics will be discussed which will be important for your study. You will receive practical information, like the Binding Study Advise (BSA), developments in the field of Security Studies, and you will get to know how everyone is doing. Because of the small scale and regular meetings, it is easier to ask question to the student mentor, tutor, and each other. You can ask questions that are important to you such as your study programme or the quality of the study.

With this same tutor group you will follow the skills labs courses to train both academic and professional skills. In Skills Lab 1 the focus is on developing learning skills and familiarizing you with academic ways of working and thinking. You will learn the basics of academic reading and writing, and will practice their public speaking, presentation and debating skills. The skills labs are highly interactive and require you to actively participate in a wide variety of in class exercises.

Through the Explore-Understand-Do method Skills Lab 1 also aims to bring about a deeper understanding of the corresponding core course ‘Introduction to Safety and Security’ by explaining, discussing and practicing the course content. Various assignments will be used to monitor and assess the your skills development and study progress. You will regularly discuss and reflect on their progress with each other and your tutor.

  • Eva Froneberg Tutor Bachelor Security Studies
  • James Hewitt Tutor Bachelor Security Studies

    Hello and welcome! I am one of the tutors on the Security Studies programme, teaching on a variety of first and second year courses. I have an academic background in International Relations and Modern Middle East Studies, particularly focusing on nationalist movements and political violence, so I enjoy engaging with students on our 'Case Study: Syria' and 'Terrorism & Counterterrorism' courses. I also look forward to helping you develop your own research ideas and interests through the 'Research Methods' courses. Before coming to Leiden, I lived and worked in China and then Hong Kong, so I also have a keen interest in the developing security situation there. I look forward to seeing you all arrive in September, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy the summer holidays!

  • Basak Kalkavan Tutor Bachelor Security Studies

    Hello everyone, we are very looking forward to meeting you all! I am one of the Tutors for the BASS programme. I teach both first year and second year courses, so there is a high chance that I will be working with you at some point in the coming year. I am originally from Turkey, but I have lived in Canada for 10 years and now am living in the Netherlands. I have completed by Bachelors in International Security and Conflict Resolution, while my MSc focused on International Relations and Diplomacy. I enjoy all subjects related to peace and security, but I am also always exploring new areas.

  • Praneet Khandal Tutor Bachelor Security Studies

    Hello and welcome everyone! My name is Praneet and I am one of the tutors on the Security Studies programme and I will also be one of the tutors for your very first workgroup in September. I am from India and I moved to the Netherlands about four years ago for my higher studies. I finished my undergraduate studies in Philosophy and then completed my masters in International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University. I mostly involved with the first year courses so I look forward to interacting with a majority of you in different blocks throughout the year. I can imagine starting your university journey is not ideal in this situation, but I look forward to work with you to make the best of it.

  • Annechris Koebrugge Tutor BaSS
  • Anne Peterscheck Tutor Bachelor Security Studies

    Dear soon-to-be students, I hope you are enjoying your summer and looking forward to starting with us in September. We certainly are! I studied in Brussels where I obtained a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Relations with a particular focus on peace, security, and conflict. I then moved to the Netherlands and obtained a MSc. in Crisis and Security management. It is with great pleasure that I now teach on the BSc. Security Studies. My research focus is mostly on political violence, security, gender & feminism but I enjoy all security-related issues. I will be teaching 'Research methods 2' and 'Terrorism & Counter-terrorism' in the first semester so I won't meet you just yet as they are second year courses, but I'm sure that our paths will cross in Block 3 and 4.

  • Saskia Postema Tutor Bachelor Security Studies
  • A.L. Shah Tutor Bachelor Security Studies
  • Willem Verdaasdonk Tutor / Lecturer Bachelor Security Studies
  • Josh Wiebe Tutor Bachelor Security Studies
  • Sander Wit Tutor / Lecturer

    Besides being a lecturer in Case Study: Fukushima, I am also one of the tutors in the Bachelor programme. I will mostly teach in the second year, but you might be in one of my first year workgroups in the fourth block for Integrated Project, where I will help you analyze a key contemporary security problem through a mini documentary or podcast. Students in the last three years have delivered inspiring and impressive work in this course, and I cannot wait to see what you will accomplish at the end of your first year in your own Integrated Project!

You are about to start your studies at Leiden University. Make sure you are well prepared and get your studies off to a good start.

On the student website you will find some of the most important information about studying Security Studies at Leiden University.

The easiest way to access your schedule is through the Leiden University mobile application. The first block of the first year will be scheduled for you, but after that you need to sign up for your courses manually through uSis. Alternatively, you can also access your schedule through uSis on your computer or phone if you prefer to do so.

L.S.A. Custodia is the study association for the bachelor Security Studies and the master Crisis and Security Management. L.S.A. Custodia organises a wide variety of events, aimed at broadening the networks and scopes of our members. Events range from events such as field trips and guest lectures to borrels and movie nights. Both programmes are united by common fields of interest - our association aims at connecting the bachelor and master students, thus broadening their social networks. During our formal events we aim at connecting the students with professionals in the field of safety and security. 

The association is daily led and run by the six member board and all the enthusiastic members of our committees. After becoming a member of L.S.A Custodia, do not hesitate to sign up for a committee that meets your interests and ambitions - and organise amazing events for the association yourself! Anyone is free to decide for themselves if you want to become an active member of L.S.A. Custodia. If you only want to sign up to use the book discount - this is fine, if you only want to attend the borrels - feel free! Nothing is mandatory and it is all up to you to decide what you want to get our of your membership. 

If you are not excited by now, or still have questions about the association, the committees, the board or becoming a member, we will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Questions about the study programmes or studying in The Hague in general are also more than welcome - we will try our best to give you the best answer possible! You are always free to send an e-mail to info@custodiathehague.com or to fill in the contact form on our contact page. 

Leiden University in The Hague comprises five locations, all right in the heart of the city centre. These buildings are all with walking distance of each other.

Wijnhaven (court yard)

Wijnhaven

Wijnhaven is our main building. The building has large auditoria, a court yard and the ‘Spanish Steps’. Events frequently take place here and can be attended by everyone. Here you’ll also find the library on the second floor.

Schouwburgstraat

Schouwburgstraat

This building houses the faculty board, and a large part of the administration of the Faculty of Goverance and Global Affairs, an auditorium and additional classrooms. You will have classes here and it is a great place to study.

Student Centre Beehive

Student Centre Beehive

Situated opposite Wijnhaven Building, Beehive Student Centre acts as a meeting place for students and staff. There are advanced sports facilities for students and staff, and office facilities for student organisations and study associations. Students can go there for the services provided by Student Support Services.

Anna van Buerenplein

Anna van Buerenplein

This 21 story college building is located next to The Hague Central Station and the Royal Library. Students of Leiden University College (LUC) live in this building which includes all living and learning facilities. The first four floors are dedicated to academic and social life including class rooms, study areas, meeting areas, a grand café, a student-run bar and offices for staff. From the fifth floor upwards the building holds residential studio apartments for first and second year students.

Sometimes you will have class at this location.

Stichthage

The upper floors of this building above the Central Station are used for workgroups for several Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.


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