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About the Course

Terrorism has arguably been one of the defining factors of our age. It frequently makes headlines, threatening or attacking governments, private business and ordinary citizens. And in many parts of the world, it has been one of the most important threats to peace, security and stability. But what does this exactly mean? What is the nature of this threat? Who or what is threatened, how, by whom and why? What can be done about it or how can we at least limit the impact of terrorism and make sure that terrorists do not make headlines and manage to scare us? These are just a handful of questions that will be addressed in this course that consists of three parts. First it focuses on the essence of terrorism as an instrument to achieve certain goals, in addition to an exploration of this phenomenon and the difficulties in defining it. The second part provides an overview of the state of the art in (counter) terrorism studies. Since ‘9/11’ terrorism studies have grown exponentially, reflecting the rise in perceived threats. But what has academia come up with? What theories, assumptions and conventional wisdom has it produced that could be of help in understanding terrorism and dealing with it? The most interesting results are examined and compared with empirical evidence with the aim to either stress their importance or to debunk them as myths. The final part looks into the implications and possibilities for policy making. The course ends with a module specifically designed to address one of today's most topical issue: the foreign fighter phenomenon....

Top reviews

PR
Aug 28, 2021

Not all the reading materials are opening. The course content is old . There is a need for new and latest issues to be included in the course. There is also a need for advance level of another course.

WM
Feb 24, 2021

Among the most informative courses i have taken, the material and videos provided are so detailed and specific to this field. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest matters terrorism.

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By Cassio F r

Feb 23, 2018

A very interesting course for anybody who wants to understand the reasons of terrorism nowadays

By Cathy G

Jan 1, 2016

This will answer many questions you have about what is going on these days regarding terrorism.

By Abhay C

Jun 28, 2021

Great course! Professor Bakker's delivery is exceptional and the guest lectures are wonderful.

By JIM B

Nov 20, 2017

Excellent course, well presented somewhat challenging which is exactly what I was looking for.

By Carey J

Aug 31, 2017

Thought provoking and interesting course which was presented exceptionally well. Worth taking

By Christoph J

May 5, 2016

Edwin Bakker did a great course. If you are interested in (Counter-)Terrorism Studies, enroll.

By PRAKASH P

Sep 2, 2015

Thank you! Prof. & TA's .. Awesome Course to give good Foundation to Understand the Concepts.

By Bonny O O

Jun 2, 2020

Great course and the videos and materials were very helpful and will continue to be helpful.

By Nolen J

May 15, 2017

Excellent course, especially for an introduction to scholarly research sources on the topic.

By Sridhar C

Oct 11, 2016

An excellent course on terrorism and counter terrorism. would like to recommend to friends.

By A. I

Aug 27, 2021

G​reat course! Helps to understand the problems of terrorism and counter terrorism better.

By Bas A B

Sep 13, 2019

Very helpfull course. Give you a good base on the world of terrorism and counterterrorism.

By Georgios V

Aug 21, 2018

Overall a complete course on terrorism and counterterrorism, well organized and presented.

By Sohyeon P

Aug 9, 2017

It helps me a lot to understand why terrorism happens and how to deal with these problems.

By Kaixiang R

May 15, 2017

Build up a comprehensive and rational understanding about terrorism and counter-terrorism.

By Guy G

Feb 18, 2017

Love the class. Very informative. I just wish there were easier ways to prevent terrorism.

By Warisa R

Jan 7, 2021

Challenging but worth it! Very informative, I would love to go to Leiden for my Master's.

By Josefine W

Feb 14, 2020

I really enjoyed this course! The structure was great, each element explained very well.

By ALEJANDRO M T

Oct 11, 2015

Es muy interesante, con bibliografía de alta calidad.

La calidad del curso es muy buena.

By Ксения К

Sep 16, 2019

One of the most interesting courses! Very good scientific approach and useful lectures!

By Erik W

Jan 25, 2021

Very concise yet full of info.

Well to do.

Assessments may have been a little too easy.

By Odoch P A

Sep 24, 2020

I Loved the experience, the lectures and everybody on the course were great thanks...

By Yann E

Aug 11, 2016

A course that challenges your vision about terrorism and the approaches to counter it

By Yannick G

Mar 16, 2016

Interesting, well thought, broad and deep, a must for anyone interested in the topic.

By Naveeda S

Nov 11, 2015

This course is very assertive, imparting a great amount of knowledge and very useful.