Security and Crime Prevention

Course Code :2000RECBEC
Study domain:Safety Science
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:48
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Wim Hardyns
Geert Boogaerts

3. Course contents *

Apart from the broad spectrum of public order in public spaces, the domain of security and protection is relevant to various other sectors frequently confronted with safety issues, such as the nuclear sector, the transport sector, the sports sector, etcetera. Each of these sectors  has to deal with specific forms of unsafety. Consequently, safety experts are faced with sector-specific risk analyses, protection policies and protection and detection systems. 

From a criminological point of view, it is important to have a clear understanding of the different tasks and competences of the relevant actors within the framework of various phenomena of unsafety across various sectors. To this end, it is necessary to have a correct representation of the external surroundings and the broader context of unsafety, security and monitoring within each sector. On the basis of these factors, prevention strategies can be devised and evaluated. This course focuses on the prevention of victimization  a a result of criminality, (fast) solutions to criminality and guaranteeing the continuity of processes. As the emphasis is mainly on the criminal act itself from a scientific point of view knowledge, theory and practice can always be linked. A multidisciplinary approach is a key element in tackling criminality. Looked at from a technological/analytical point of view there are major differences between the domains or sectors. However, an underlying system can be found, namely in the way protection is approached through the so-called 'layers of defence' and accountability within the organization. 

After the theoretical and methodological introduction to the course  students will be presented with various real safety issues (in the form of mini cases) from various sectors. When possible, these safety issues will be presented by safety experts from the sector in question. Each group should examine a different sector. Within each sector, a safety issue is studied and solved using scientific qualitative research methods, more specifically observations and in-depth interviews. The purpose of the observations is to get a general outline of the security and protection within a specific sector. The aim of the in-depth interviews is to make a profound analysis of a specific safety issue. On the basis of these findings, each group will write a research report concerning the sector in question. After examination of safety issues per sector, each group will prepare a presentation of the  chosen safety issue. During a group discussion  safety issues of various sectors will be compared (similarities and differences)followed by proposals of 'best practices'.