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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 Callies J

Feb 08, 2016

Really interesting, reflexions and work with so many différents people on an attractive and complex dom

By Thorsten h

Apr 13, 2016

Great course. Good introduction on a pretty complex subject. Well brought and great articles included!


Dec 18, 2015

A very useful course which provided a whole new aspect for you to view terrorism at different angles!

By Brooke D

Nov 12, 2017

Very useful and practical approach to terrorism and counterterrorism studies. Great introduction.

By Amin B A

May 02, 2020

Great courses!!

Widely touched all the aspects of Terrorism and CT.

Very professional and neutral.

By Pablo S S

Oct 24, 2016

Fantastic course, comprehensive and easy to follow. A good introduction to the field.

By Renato J

Jun 11, 2019

Very well structurred course. There's room for improvement in updating the material.

By Tan W C K

Sep 03, 2015

Interesting course. Able to achieve more in-depth understand on Terrorism and Co

By Manojkumar P

Jan 16, 2016

Awesome course.

Everyone must take it to understand holistic view on terrorism.

By Jay K

Apr 07, 2020

A very complex insight into theorie vs practice on an academic scale!

By Jhoan S P B

Oct 17, 2017

Muy bueno, explica el terrorismo de una manera fácil de entender.


Jul 02, 2020

Short, crisp, to the point, good reading material, short modules

By George T

Dec 14, 2016

Need to have more up to date data. Need more guest lecturers.

By V S B

Sep 26, 2015

Good course for a general understanding of Terrorism History.

By Damien M

May 18, 2020

More Charts and Multimedia slides would have been helpful.

By Nguyen T T

Aug 17, 2015

Very smart approach of such a difficult topic. Thank you!

By Ivar H

Dec 29, 2016

Well laid out and thought provoking content.

By Roboam r

Jun 26, 2020

excellent course to understand terrorism

By Jan S

Dec 28, 2017

great course I will recommend to others

By Petit I

Sep 12, 2016

It's a great course to go through

By Ojurabesa E O

Jan 25, 2016

Very Insightful and transforming

By John D

Aug 20, 2015

Informative and well presented.


May 30, 2017

Très bon cours bien documenté!

By Asif S B

Oct 05, 2015

Very informative and engaging!

By Mohammad A

Feb 04, 2017

Great, in-depth on topic.