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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....

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May 23, 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.


Sep 21, 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.

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By Franz G

Dec 31, 2019

Sería muy bueno un curso en español. además me gustaría que incluyan pdf


Apr 15, 2017

Un curso fabuloso, excelentes profesores y muy completo. Muchas gracias.

By Scott56

Feb 26, 2016

Excellent course, somewhat ruined by discussion forum inappropriateness.

By Carlo v D

Sep 19, 2015

Not only very interesting, also very professional! High level education.

By Adail n d s

Sep 17, 2015

Excellent course. Organized and with teaching materials of good quality.

By Ievgeniia S

Oct 23, 2016

Useful, interesting and important course of high quality. To recommend!

By Winston A B B

Sep 12, 2015

One of the best courses in this area.

Thanks for this great opportunity.

By Pelayo B R

Jun 18, 2019

awesome! would love more moocs on security and international relations

By Benjamin R

Dec 06, 2015

Muy interesante,para comprender lo que esta pasando ahora en el mundo

By Diego A M F

Nov 27, 2015

Está muy bien explicado y aporta bibliografía recomendada. Impecable.

By Nnamdi O

Aug 23, 2015

Exceptional and Expository Course. I RECOMMEND THIS FOR POLICY MAKERS

By Soham D

Jan 22, 2020

Great course ! Really loved the simplicity of content and the scope.

By Sergio G C

Jun 08, 2018

Absolutely accurate and a well-done introductory course. Great Job!

By Carlos M F P

Jun 14, 2017

Excelente curso. Contiene los conceptos más actuales sobre el tema.

By G.J.Jiménez

Nov 24, 2015

¡Excelente! Ayuda a entender mejor el complejo tema del terrorismo.

By David v D

Sep 16, 2015

A real addition for every student studying something international!

By Ahmer J K

Feb 02, 2017

Excellent course! Leiden University's courses are great as always!

By Gabriel M

Dec 24, 2015

I like this course so much. I think I am learning a lot of things.

By zyshmie

Jul 09, 2019

A Fundamental to Terrorism and Counter-terrorism. Helps me a lot.

By Ali R

Jun 15, 2019

Great course with a lot of interesting details and infromations.

By Michele G

Sep 13, 2017

Excellent Course! Very thought provoking and full of information.

By majdi s

Oct 12, 2016

Great interactive course with a nice approach to difficult topic.

By Thiara T

Oct 31, 2015

Amazing teaching and reading files. Having a great time learning.

By fany t

Mar 27, 2017

Understand a little more about terrorism as the current conflict

By Maritza S

Jan 14, 2016

Great Course, updated information perfect source to understand t