This is a practice-based course in which the students learn how social security and cohesion can be examined by means of an elaborated case-study in which the unequal dispersion of objective and subjective security is dealt with. The various social processes and mechanisms related to social cohesion will also be discussed in order to explain this unequal dispersion. The students are given an overview of the available criminographical basic information of various levels of criminal justice.Futhermore, the importance of (social) statistics for an efficient safety policy are discussed. The link between safety theories and methods are taught by operationalizing concepts, distinguishing various research stages and formulating research questions.
The actual research assignment varies, but the complete research cycle, from definition of the problem to reporting, will be dealt with. Students will go through several phases:
Acquiring theoretical knowledge of the subject domain and the formulation of the research problem.
Acquiring insight into the development of the empirical cycle.
Reporting: The students will write a report on the definition of the problem, the intention, execution and analysis of the research, with the necessary conclusions and recommendations.