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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 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 !

By James L

Oct 22, 2017

great course and has helped me learn answers to questions i

By Thomas C

Sep 13, 2015

Well done, well explained, and very interesting assignments

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

By Eva D

Nov 21, 2021

Extremely interesting content and amazing instructor