Netherlands, Amsterdam

Crime and Location: Spatial Analysis and Mapping

when 5 July 2017 - 19 August 2017
language English
duration 7 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1000

You only have to read the headlines to know that crime is not randomly distributed geographically. But what patterns does it follow? This course is dedicated to answering this and more. Students learn to collect location-specific information on crime and disorder, input that data into a geographic information system (GIS), and use the system to look for crime patterns.

Taught by expert lecturers from the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and VU University Amsterdam, this course combines lectures on the theoretical underpinnings of environmental criminology with practical fieldwork, where students gather their own spatial data to answer a specific research question. They thus undertake the entire research cycle, from formulating their own problem and hypotheses to collecting data, analysing it in a GIS framework, and ultimately presenting their findings to fellow students.

A laptop and smartphone are necessary for the course. Your smartphone doesn't need a SIM card or internet connection, it will only be used for data collection.

Course leader

Dr. Andrew Lemieux

Target group

Students of Criminology, Sociology, Policing and Geography.

Course aim

You can formulate research questions and hypotheses regarding the spatial patterning of crime problems.
You can collect spatially referenced crime and disorder data.
You can use geographic information systems to map and analyse that data.
You can acquire knowledge on open-source QGIS software.
You can present research findings.

Credits info

Contact hours: 45

Fee info

EUR 1000: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.

An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.


The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the website.

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