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Security and safety challenges rank among the most pressing issues of modern times. Challenges such as, cyber-crime, terrorism, and environmental disasters impact the lives of millions across the globe. These issues also rank high on the agenda of politicians, international organizations and businesses. They also feature prominently in the public conscience and in governmental policies. In the current, interconnected world, security challenges are becoming increasingly complex. Facilitated by developments as globalization and the spread of networked and hyper-connected technologies, new safety and security challenges arise and impact local, national, regional and international levels, which dramatically increases their complexity and scale. As such, solutions to contemporary security challenges require a wide array of actors operating on multiple levels of governance. The course will introduce you to the broad theme of security and safety in an increasingly complex world. Together we will search for answers to important questions: what is security and safety? How can we understand complex modern-day security and safety challenges? And how do we deal with such challenges? This course combines scholarly inquiry from multiple disciplines (ranging from terrorism studies, to crisis management, to medical science) with real-life cases to explore and understand complex modern-day safety and security challenges....
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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

Approx. 19 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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Introduction

Welcome to the first module! This module features an introduction to the course and explains the main topic addressed, as well as introduces you to the teaching staff. Before you start with studying we invite you to first go through our introductory resources and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck and we hope you will enjoy the course!...
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 6 readings
Reading6 readings
Meet the instructors & the team5m
Welcome to Leiden University5m
Complete our short survey10m
Tips for studying online5m
Being successful in an international virtual learning community5m
Behaving in an academic way5m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Global Challenges and Wicked Problems

In this module you will learn about global challenges. In the modern, interconnected world, security and safety challenges are increasingly complex, impacting local, national, regional and international levels. You will also learn why many of these challenges can be labeled as 'wicked problems'; they are challenges which are difficult or impossible to solve because they have many different causes, are difficult to describe, and don’t have a single 'right' answer. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Wicked Problems7m
Crowdsourcing Exercise5m
Reading2 readings
Global Trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the challenges ahead?15m
Rittel and Webber: Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Global Challenges and Wicked Problems16m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Safety and Security

In this module, you will learn more about safety and security. Safety and security have now become buzz words for society, marking the top of the agendas of politicians, businesses and many other actors worldwide. But what do these concepts mean? In this module we address the difference between safety and security. In addition, you will learn about one of the most important approaches to dealing with issues of safety and security, namely risk management. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 31 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
What Are We Protecting?6m
Risk Management7m
Risk Management: Critiques and Alternatives5m
Recap and Outlook4m
Reading3 readings
Van den Berg and Hutten: Security and Safety: An Introduction15m
Renn: Concept of Risk: A Classification20m
Documentary: Seconds From Disaster - Hurricane Katrina40m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Safety and Security15m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Perspectives and Levels

In this module, you will learn more about the different actors and levels of governance involved in contemporary security and safety challenges. You will also learn a three-step approach which can be used to unravel modern-day safety and security challenges in an academic way. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
A Multi-actor Perspective on Security and Safety6m
The Three-step Approach: Explore, Understand, Do6m
Reading1 reading
Dewulf: An introduction to multi-actor processes20m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Case Studies

In this module, we will take a closer look at three specific cases of security and safety. Using the three-step approach from the previous module, we will unravel these cases to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of modern-day safety and security challenges. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Safety case: Kursk Submarine Disaster (II)6m
Security Case: Boston Marathon Bombing9m
Security And Safety Case: Bhopal Disaster (I)2m
Security and Safety Case: Bhopal Disaster (II)4m
Reading2 readings
Required Documentaries10m
Turner: The Organizational and Interorganizational Development of Disasters15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test Your Knowledge15m
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Top Reviews

By CAMay 30th 2017

Tremendous course. It uses several cases of study to illustrate the students on the topic and also provide various practices to support the learning process.\n\nAmazing.

By MWJun 15th 2017

Conciously set up to initiate the students in a friendly manner. The interaction with your peers in the course will definitely help you. Great course, you will enjoy it.

Instructors

Bibi van den Berg

Prof. dr.
Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

Ruth Prins

Dr.
Institute of Security and Global Affairs

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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