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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

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.

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 zyshmie

Jul 9, 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 Deleted A

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

By Marina M

Aug 16, 2015

An extremely interesting course very well presented and organize

By Divya S

May 9, 2020

very good course. i only had an issue with the peer review bit.

By Alexander L

Oct 15, 2016

Interesting course that I thoroughly enjoyed. Would recommend.

By Khalid N

Aug 15, 2016

Its excellent practice for the knowledge of counter terrorism.

By Andrés M

May 16, 2016

Es fenomenal, de hecho la bibliografía utilizada es excelente.


Jul 12, 2020

Belle formation. J'ai beaucoup appris pour ma future carrière

By Alice F

Jul 17, 2017

An insightful introduction to terrorism and counterterrorism.

By Claire D

Jun 11, 2017

Questions during the video lectures make it very interactive!

By Gun U

Jun 5, 2017

It's really comprehensive, fun, and helpful at the same time!

By Nacho A

Mar 23, 2016

Much better than expected. Thank you, professor Edwin Bakker.

By Willivan A R

Aug 29, 2020

Excellent class and content very current to my line of work.

By Ivo P

Feb 2, 2017

Very clearly explained course with nice videos and material.

By Jason L

Jul 17, 2016

Professor Bakker knows his stuff when it comes to terrorism.

By Stephenie M C

Nov 11, 2015

Great information with current threats and studies explored.

By Angel o c f

Jan 29, 2020

exelente las herramientas otorgadas por Universidad Leiden,

By shrey

Aug 5, 2018

informative and makes u think on several issues critically

By Dennis G

Dec 27, 2017

nice background info about terrorism and counter terrorism.

By Simon

Dec 18, 2017

vey very interesting, thank a lot for all this knowledges !