Cybersafety: safety in a digitized society

Are you interested in contributing to safety in a digitizing society?  How the digitization of security risks affect policies of governments, companies and the behaviour of the public?  Eager to see how hacking became on of the most prevalent forms of crime in the Netherlands? Then Cybersafety: safety in a digitized society is the minor you're looking for!


Study start

  • February


  • Leeuwarden


  • English

European credits

  • 30 EC's

Minor type

  • For all bachelor programmes

Subject area

  • Governance and law

Minor content

The central theme of this course is ‘Safety in a digitized society’. Cybercrime is all crime where ICT is used as a means and/or a goal. Some examples of cybercrime are hacking, ransomware, child pornography and e-fraud. Implications of the digitisation of society on security risks, legislation and protective mechanisms are explored during lectures, workshops and assignments. This minor will discuss trends in cybercrime and cybersafety. 

 Moreover, you will learn about digital resilience in companies, society and education. In the cybercrime experiment (stop or become a cybercriminal) you will experiment in enhancing digital resilience. Due to the novelty of this field and enhancing awareness, previous students have created new and exciting products which are still used in the private sector. Moreover, you will learn about implications for (local) government. For example, we discuss possibilities of a mayor when faced with a future project X threat. The minor is not technological in nature. The focus is on ‘human factors’.     

Structure of the minor

The minor consists of (guest) lectures, assignments provided by the working field. Learning objectives are primarily focused on knowledge of Cybersafety, research and policy. Assignments and experiments are in cooperation with our partners. We try to organize a working visit in the minor. In the past we had working visits for example to Scyber (cybersecurity and safety center) at Schiphol and the Defense Cyber Command Center.


  • Literature review
  • Written exam
  • Policy
  • Assessment, including additional required assignments, such as a peer lecture, cyber-experiment (stop or become a cybercriminal) and a policy review.  

Admission requirements

The minor Safety in a digitized society is meant for bachelor students who are in the third year of their studies in the field of safety, security, law, forensics or ICT. Students from NHL Stenden University as well as students from other universities of applied sciences are welcome to participate. The minor is not technological in nature. The focus is on ‘human factors’. Nevertheless, a minimum interest in technological developments is required.  

Safety in a digitized society is a minor on the intermediate level. Therefore, the following requirements for participation apply:  

  • Students should have completed the foundation course (first year of study)      
  • Students should have obtained a minimum of 55 EC of the second year of study  


Do you have questions about this minor? Ask them via the online form.