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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 Olaf D

Jun 1, 2017

This is a most interesting course which I highly recommend

By margaret p

Sep 19, 2016

Excellent, timely information from a five star instructor.

By Jason J

Dec 5, 2015

This was a great course with excellent material for study.

By Urquía M

Nov 24, 2015

Excellent explainations, graphics and methodology to learn

By Deleted A

Jan 16, 2017

Very clear lectures, interesting material. Learned a lot.

By Lucienne G

Sep 15, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this course, merci Professor Bakker

By Kwantes

Oct 8, 2018

Good course with possibility to follow on your own time.

By Alistair B

May 27, 2017

Fantastic and incredibly insightful course on terrorism.

By Nikola V

May 7, 2020

Verry good, high amount of knoweledge and expirience !

By Owen W

Aug 22, 2019

Great course, enjoyed the content and the instruction!

By julia l

Sep 15, 2017

Excelente, muy didáctico y excelente a nivel académico

By Katharina S

Jan 12, 2016

really interesting course, well thought trough, great!

By Tito P

May 15, 2019

most helped online course, easily learn from anywhere

By Barnabas

Feb 22, 2019

Helps a lot when it comes to terrorism and the causes


May 27, 2020

A very substantial course. Kudos to Professor Bakker

By Julia S

Dec 18, 2019

Very interesting, a little challenging but worth it!

By Faiq H K

Oct 21, 2018

Excellent oppurtunity to learn and explore the topic

By Daniel F L G

Jun 29, 2016

This is a great course even for non-english speakers

By Rebecca T V

Jan 8, 2018

great course, very informative and fantastic teach

By despina P

Aug 14, 2015

Great work , excellent investigation and research.


Oct 23, 2020

Excelente curso, amplia y actualizada información

By Tristan Y

Jul 30, 2020

Very helpful and insightful topics. Great course!

By Hilary H L

Jan 19, 2016

The prof is very good in explaining the concepts.

By Oluwole O O

Oct 24, 2020

Excellent approach to the subject. Just stellar!

By Brent A

Aug 11, 2015

Great course, very interesting, I recommend it.