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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 Shahjahan B

Sep 16, 2015

Thank you very much for awarding me with a verified certificate of accomplishment. Indeed the course was a wonderful experience.

By Elysia S

Dec 11, 2015

A highly informative module giving you an overview of the scientific methods used in studying terrorism and counterterrorism.

By Catarina N

Aug 19, 2018

This course was utterly informative and interesting — however, I recommend to review and update the module transcripts.

By Ferry V

Apr 8, 2016

This is an interesting and well structured course. In addition, the discussions between the students are stimulating.

By John f x C

Jul 5, 2018

excellent content. teachers very good. course very well organized . readings excellent and accessible thank you .

By Katherine M K

Mar 5, 2016

Really interesting and opened my eyes to understanding the world's perspective on some elements of terrorism

By Jon E

Jul 25, 2017

First time in an internet course! it was a great experience. And about the course, it was good enough!!

By Callies J

Feb 8, 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 2, 2020

Great courses!!

Widely touched all the aspects of Terrorism and CT.

Very professional and neutral.

By John H

Mar 7, 2021

A very interesting and relevant course with a good balance between reading and video.

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 Cyr G

Jan 5, 2021

merci de me dire comment faire pour obtenir mon certificat de réussite à ce cours

By Tan W C K

Sep 3, 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 Nadié A A B

Jan 12, 2021

very satisfied with the course.

well explained with good practical cases

By Jay K

Apr 7, 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 2, 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.