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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 Tomas P

Feb 11, 2016

Excelente curso, lo recomiendo

By Ramon K

Sep 1, 2015

Very complete and interesting!

By Jander T d O

Aug 7, 2015

I have no words to say thanks


Nov 16, 2017

Thank you for this course.

By Shahin H

May 5, 2017

Great course. Recommended!

By Jacques B

Feb 1, 2017

Fascinating and very clear

By Kerry W

Dec 30, 2015

Well worth the time spent!

By German B

Nov 5, 2015

Solid foundational course!

By Giuseppe

Sep 30, 2017

Very very interesting!!!!

By Ginger L

Dec 17, 2016

Very nice course, easy to

By Kévin S

May 5, 2016

Very interesting course !

By Felipe C L

Sep 21, 2017

Very interesting course!

By Miroslav K

Jan 24, 2017

Great course, thank you!

By Nikolaos P

Jan 7, 2016

Very interesting course!


Aug 24, 2017

very clear,great course

By Richard K

Apr 5, 2017

Interesting compilation

By Amherd D

Aug 22, 2015

Very interesting course

By Muallim Y

Feb 26, 2019

Very Excellent course.

By Arbora A

Sep 28, 2017

More than interesting!

By Valeria B

Jun 18, 2017

Thank you Prof Bakker!

By ezekiel c

Mar 8, 2021

Thank you for course.

By Hantiyeh T

Sep 7, 2019

Holistic and relevant

By Claude M

Mar 28, 2019

Loved it learnt a lot

By Annabelle M

Apr 13, 2018

Very useful course !