Universiteit Leiden
Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice
Universiteit Leiden

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice

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Edwin Bakker
Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn

Instructors: Edwin Bakker


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  • How to define terrorism and correct wrong assumptions

  • What can be done to limit the impact of terrorism?

  • What are the current developments in Terrorism Studies?

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There are 6 modules in this course

In this module, you will find all the information to successfully complete the course. After, we move to week 1, where we discuss the definition of terrorism: What exactly is terrorism? Who and where are its victims? By the end of this module, you will understand why having a generally accepted definition for the term 'terrorism' is difficult.

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11 videos5 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts1 plugin

In this module, we will discuss terrorism and counterterrorism studies, a field of study that owes much to research in related disciplines. You will get an overview of where the key centers and scholars are located. Also, we will talk about the three main approaches used in this academic field and recognize their strengths and weaknesses.

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9 videos1 reading1 quiz2 discussion prompts

The subject of terrorism often falls prey to unfounded assumptions. Media, politicians, even scholars, frequently make far-reaching claims about the topic. In this module, we will critically investigate some of these assumptions and discuss their validity.

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5 videos1 reading1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In this module, we will look into five assumptions on counterterrorism, which underlie CT-policy, both from an effectiveness perspective (is it really countering terrorism?), but also because these policies have a large impact on societies.

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6 videos1 reading1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In this module, we will explore the concepts of fear management and resilience. We will look into the impact of terrorism in the society and ways we can deal with it, both in theory and in practice.

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz2 discussion prompts

The final module of this course will discuss the trends and developments in terrorism and counterterrorism studies. What are some of the remaining “un- and under-researched” topics? Finally, we will look into the future of terrorism: what can be expected in the years to come?

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14 videos3 readings2 quizzes2 discussion prompts


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4.9 (342 ratings)
Edwin Bakker
Universiteit Leiden
2 Courses128,714 learners
Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn
Universiteit Leiden
1 Course120,968 learners

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