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Questions for Eamon Aloyo about the Minor Safety, Security, and Justice

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

We asked Eamon Aloyo, Study Coordinator of the Minor Safety, Security, and Justice (SSJ), several questions about the Minor SSJ; 'Jointly run by Leiden University and TU Delft, the SSJ minor draws on the strengths of both universities to provide a unique combination of technical and social science skills that will encourage you to engage with cutting edge research and enduring questions about important potential tradeoffs between various conceptions of justice, security, and safety.'

What is the minor Safety, Security, and Justice about?

The knowledge base that this minor offers is multidisciplinary, and centers around three broad academic themes, which are safety, security, and justice. Security covers a broad range of research fields encompassing criminology, antiterrorism studies, and security management; the safety theme contributes via insights from risk management; and justice provides important concepts from legal studies, history, and philosophy.

What kind of student are you looking for?

All students are welcome who have obtained a minimum of 60 ECTS for their regular bachelor. Any foreknowledge of the issues discussed in the minor SSJ is not necessary, but students are expected to have some affinity with security issues. We are looking for students with an inquisitive nature and a keen interest in the subject matter.

“I would recommend the Security, Safety and Justice minor to anybody wanting to familiarize themselves with the different dimensions of security issues. The minor’s strength lies in its approach of security-related topics from multiple angles. In The Hague, courses tackle the policy side: the dilemmas underlying security issues, for example, and a deeper look into crisis management more generally and combatting terrorism more specifically. In Delft, the technical approach is covered by courses in risk analysis and technology assessment, culminating in a project to merge all the insights and approaches learnt in the minor. I came away from the minor with a clear overview of the different fields that concern themselves with security and the many ways of studying a security question, as well as a great group of friends.” Charlotte Boin, alumnus Minor SSJ

What are the most important skills a student needs to have to start with this minor?

In general, students should be able to work both independently and in a group setting. A lot of emphasis is put on writing academic texts for assignments, which includes the ability to analyse a specific case and connect it to more abstract concepts, and vice versa. 

What skills do you learn during this minor? And how can you use these skills in daily life?

The SSJ minor will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizon, and research many contemporary themes in our society. This minor will lay the academic bases to understand these themes, in a multidisciplinary environment. More specifically, students learn to recognise safety, security, and justice aspects in contemporary issues, form an informed opinion about them, and apply basic analytical techniques. They will be able to recognise the role that SSJ issues have in their own study major, describe this role, and explain it to others.

Contact

Do you have questions about this minor? Please send an e-mail to ssj@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

What is a minor?

A minor is a structured package of topics with which you can broaden your knowledge and competencies or focus more sharply on a specific area. Most minors last a semester and will earn a student 30 credits, which is often equal to the total elective quota. However, given that for some programmes this total quota is only 15 credits, every minor can be ‘half followed’. In terms of their degree of difficulty, minors are mainly suitable for third-year bachelor’s students.

There are limited places available on minors and these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. So make sure to apply on time. You can register via uSis from 1 May.

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