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New courses on 'Violence'

In the academic year 2021-2022 the Social Resilience and Security interdisciplinary programme will offer two courses for interested students who are entering the third year of their Bachelor's degree. You can sign up for these courses in your elective (minor) space. The courses are available to students from a wide range of faculties.

These English-taught courses will focus on interpersonal violence (i.e. violence taking place between individuals), the most common types including physical violence and sexual violence. In these courses you will study the origins, correlates, social contexts, and resilience after experiencing violence. You will delve deeper into the ways in which we can both prevent as well as respond to acts of violence.

For further detail on each of the courses, please click on the link to access the prospectus. 

The two courses, 15 EC together, are part of the interdisciplinary research programme Social and Resilience and Security, involving five Leiden University faculties, and are taught by leading experts in the field. In addition, the courses include guest lecturers from government, public health and criminal justice organisations, who will put theoretical notions into practical perspective.

What will you learn?

In these courses, you will become familiar with the nature and scope of violence; the ways in which it impacts public order, and the ways in which society can prevent and respond to violence.

Furthermore, the programme addresses specific forms of violence, ranging from collective violence (riots, organised crime), to domestic violence (child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence), lethal violence (drug-related homicide and firearm-related homicide), and the impact of violence on individuals, communities, and society at large. Using criminological, victimological, sociological, historical, and psychological perspectives, these courses provide you with an in-depth understanding on this multifaceted phenomenon.

'Violence fascinates, yet repulses us. These courses will provide you with an in-depth and nuanced understanding of violence.' Professor Marieke Liem 

For whom?

These courses are for students who are enrolled and/or are interested in security studies; social and behavioural sciences fields including pedagogy, criminology, sociology, public administration, anthropology and psychology; the medical field and public health, and also welcomes students enrolled in forensics and policing. Students are expected to have some basic knowledge of social sciences approaches.

These courses are also open for inbound exchange students. Exchange students must be admitted by the FGGA International Office prior to the start in September; priority will be given to direct exchange partners of FGGA. For more information about the application procedure for exchange students, please contact the FGGA International Office.


Apply for these courses via uSis. Registration opens on 15 July 13:00 hrs. Note that you need to register for these courses separately! The registration codes can be found on the prospectus page of each course. Both courses have 100 places open for registration. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. So apply on time.

More information

Please visit the prospectus for more details on the courses.

Victims and Offenders

Resilience after violence

 If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to the coordinators Professor Marieke Liem and Professor Anne-Laura van Harmelen. 


1. Victims and Offenders of Violence (10 EC) You will learn how we can explain violent victimisation and offending: Who are these victims? And why did they become victimised? And: Who are these offenders, how did they become offenders, and how can we best respond to violent offending? 2. Resilience after Violence (5 EC) You will learn what the impact is of violence on resilience later in life. What are the psychological effects of exposure to violence? How can we increase resilience after exposure to violence?

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