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About the Course

The “New Approaches to Countering Terror: Countering Violent Extremism” course offered by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), is a multi-week interactive course designed to help students explore both pragmatic and philosophical challenges that continue to shape the evolution of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), a global security paradigm. START, a Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence and research, training, and education center housed at the University of Maryland within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), serves as a leading voice in the national and international dialogue regarding CVE. START’s Director and the course instructor, Bill Braniff, will introduce the concept of CVE and explore the promise of CVE as a more comprehensive and proactive approach to the complex phenomenon of violent extremism. This 3.5 hour course will take an in-depth look at CVE as a relatively new area of policy and practice. As such, this MOOC can serve as an awareness-raising course, targeting anyone interested in terrorism, community resilience, security, policy and/or civil rights issues. The course is broadly interdisciplinary and has no prerequisites. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Differentiate between two ways of addressing violent extremism: counterterrorism (CT) and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE); 2. Explain the CVE spectrum of non-violent approaches to countering terror, including prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation/reintegration programs; 3. Make sound analytical judgments about CVE programs and their potential. START also offers a range of other online educational programs, including: 1. Summer/Winter Courses: 2. Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Security and Terrorism Studies: 3. Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis:

Top reviews

Nov 1, 2020

Learned a lot in this course on how communities can have a huge role in countering violent extremism. Also learned what stereotypes to avoid, and how to help my community.

May 8, 2020

The Course is very well structured. The connection between academic interest and practical case studies is what makes this course unique.

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By Towett T

Mar 3, 2020

This course is an eye opener!

By Pg. A H

Jul 11, 2020

Excellent!!! I Want more!!

By joseph h

Jun 27, 2020

Very focused and helpful

By Winston A W

Jun 8, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Mahdi i a

Sep 25, 2020

interesting course

By Denis T

Apr 10, 2020

Excellent course!

By Hayk M S

Apr 5, 2021

Thank you

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By Anam Z

Nov 6, 2020

I learned about the difference between traditional modern security mechanism. I enjoyed the quizzes which were very interesting. Overall, it was a nice learning process. Especially, the part of the syllabus which highlighted the need of a dialogue and building new social structures for the safety.


Feb 7, 2021

An academic view/approach to defeating terrorism. Overall, a good course, well designed and informative.

By Scott P

Jul 8, 2020

The videos that are designed to deliver the lectures are of lecturers monosyllabically delivering the material which can be off putting. However, the social studies aspect of this course and understanding the wider application to governmental policy making is very interesting.

By Brady D

Apr 22, 2020

Great and interesting content, but the course could be structured better to communicate its content much more effectively, and it could include much more effective slides and visual aids to help with note taking and alternative forms of processing information.

By Kalliopi T

Jun 24, 2021

This course heavily discusses international terrorism and extremism, but clearly the biggest threat the US currently faces is homegrown, right-wing extremism.

By Michael G

Oct 21, 2021

Seemed to focus soley on "right-wing" extreamist groups and not providing a fair picture but rather a picture based on political bias.