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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 Ivar H

Dec 29, 2016

Well laid out and thought provoking content.

By Roboam r

Jun 25, 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 5, 2015

Very informative and engaging!

By Mohammad A

Feb 4, 2017

Great, in-depth on topic.

By Reuben P

Apr 8, 2019

learn a lot of news things

By Fatima A

Aug 25, 2021

It was a good experience!

By Javier G r

Sep 25, 2019

very interesting course.

By Alexandre G

Aug 29, 2020

Good course!

By Yin N C

Jun 8, 2019

Nice course!

By Mücahit F Y

Oct 31, 2016


By Carolina R d C

Oct 3, 2016

So good!

By Robert P

Sep 20, 2016


By Matthias C

Feb 24, 2016

Average. Doesn't really like the Professor's style. He spends too many time trying to explain that he feels really concern about the victims etc. I feel that the content of the class could have been interesting but the organization was messy. Finally it gives the impression that academics know barely anything about the subject. I would have prefer a more historical approach. Overall i've watched all the content but in the future i won't spend much time checking for new Mooc from him. Thanks for the try though

By Walter C L J

Aug 24, 2015

It is a great theme, but at many points the course focuses on "who said what", regarding authors and papers, and emphasizes this type of question throughout all the tests. I think a longer course where these statements and papers could be properly discussed and explained would easily be a 5-star rating. The instructor clearly knows a lot on the subject and the material is top quality.

By Saim S

Apr 12, 2016

Theoretically the course is very lacking. There is little focus on the scholarly work in the field except perhaps the first few lectures. The content and scope of the course is too small. Overall however the content is good for a very basic introduction and

By Matthys J U

Sep 14, 2015

It was very good to learn terrorism from the theory angle and believe the two groups should work closer.


Oct 18, 2020

Interesting. It is not my prefer topic, but it's worth to learn somthing on the subject

By Janet Q

Aug 1, 2019

Unfortunately, articles listed as optional reading end up on the quiz at week's end.

By Martin M

May 27, 2018

basic knowledge, nothing special.

By Christopher R

Jul 28, 2020

Very good