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New Courses 'Violence'

The two courses about 'Violence’ will start in September 2021. Third-year bachelor students who have a keen interest in violence studies can enroll in these brand-new two courses (combined 15 EC).

This 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.

The two courses of 15 ects is part of the interdisciplinary research programme Social and Resilience and Security, involving five Leiden University faculties, and is taught by leading experts in the field. In addition, the courses includes guest lecturers from government, public health and criminal justice organizations, 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, organized 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.” Prof. 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. The courses has 100 places open for registration. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. So apply on time.

More information

More information will follow soon in the Prospectus.  If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to the coordinator prof. Marieke Liem


1. Victims and Offenders of Violence (10 EC) You will learn how we can explain violent victimization and offending: Who are these victims? And why did they become victimized? 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? More information will follow soon in the Prospectus.

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