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Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 30 hours of videos, quizzes, and projects...

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Subtitles: English, Ukrainian, French

Skills you will gain

TerrorismPolicy AnalysisInternational LawHistory

Learner Career Outcomes

27%

started a new career after completing these courses

28%

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 30 hours of videos, quizzes, and projects...

English

Subtitles: English, Ukrainian, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
7 hours to complete

Welcome & the essence of terrorism

8 videos (Total 78 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
1.1 Introduction5m
1.2 History of Terrorism16m
1.3 Use of the Word Terrorism5m
1.4 Why There Are No Generally Accepted Definitions11m
1.5 Need For a Definition: Some Attempts12m
1.6 Essence of Terrorism7m
Interview with Prof. Alex Schmid about Defining Terrorism8m
7 readings
Meet the team & Leiden University10m
Complete our short survey10m
Course Overview5m
Course Format5m
What do we expect from you10m
Don't forget to check out the extra material!10m
Readings1h
1 practice exercise
Definition and Essence of Terrorism30m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Researching Terrorism and Counterterrorism

6 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
2.2 Disciplines & Approaches7m
2.3 Key Authors & Centres11m
2.4 Challenges & Dilemmas8m
2.5 Current State of the Art7m
Interview with Akinola Olojo about the Lack of Non-Western Researchers in Terrorism Studies5m
2 readings
Readings1h
Key Authors10m
1 practice exercise
Researching Terrorism and Counterterrorism30m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

5 Assumptions on Terrorism

5 videos (Total 66 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
3.2 Assumption: Terrorists are crazy10m
3.3 Assumption: Terrorism is increasingly lethal13m
3.4 Assumption: Terrorism is predominantly anti-western9m
3.5 Assumption: Terrorism is successful17m
1 reading
Readings1h
1 practice exercise
5 Assumptions on Terrorism30m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

5 Assumptions on Counterterrorism

7 videos (Total 94 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
7 videos
4.2 Assumption: Deradicalisation is possible12m
4.3 Assumption: Decapitation of terrorist organisations works16m
4.4 Assumption: Terrorism cannot be defeated17m
4.5 Assumption: Terrorism can best be managed by a holistic approach17m
Interview with Dr. Jamie Shea (NATO)8m
Video presentation of Quirine Eijkman of Amnesty International on Drone Strikes in Pakistan3m
1 reading
Readings50m
1 practice exercise
5 Assumptions on Counterterrorism30m
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Top reviews from Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice

By LZMay 23rd 2016

This excellent, balanced course uses a great combination of concise videos and additional reading. I enrolled hoping to better understand this hot-topic and Prof. Bakker's course was perfect.

By MZSep 21st 2017

Useful and well done. This course is an example how to boost resilience in our society with knowledge. At the end of the day is a brick of our holistic counter terrorism actions. Thank you.

Instructors

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Edwin Bakker

Prof. dr.
Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University
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Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn

drs.
Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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