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About the Course

Delve into the research behind terrorism as you unpack the assumptions and impacts of both terrorism and counterterrorism. Terrorism has arguably been one of the defining factors of our age. It frequently makes headlines, threatening or attacking governments, private businesses, and ordinary citizens. In many parts of the world, it has been one of the most important threats to peace, security, and stability – but what does this mean exactly? On this six-week course from Leiden University, you’ll explore the essence of terrorism and discover why it is so difficult to define. Unpacking its history and the theory of the waves of terrorism, you’ll analyse both the theoretical approaches and practical applications of terrorism and counterterrorism in the real world. There are many assumptions that cloud the subjects of terrorism and counterterrorism. These myths are often created and intensified by individual bias, the government, and the media. On this course, you’ll discover different assumptions about terrorist identities and motivations, as well as the efficiencies of various counterterrorism efforts. You’ll then compare this with academic research to investigate the truth behind these assumptions. In your exploration of the impact of terrorism, you’ll delve into the culture of fear created by terrorism, as well as the success of counterterrorism policies to limit and manage its impact on society. In the final stage of this course, you’ll reflect on trends and developments in terrorism and counterterrorism. You’ll assess current academic research as well as what could be studied in the future to help....

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.


Nov 29, 2022

Very informative and thorough overview of the Terrorism-Counterterrorism literature. The literature is presented in a well organized manner making it easy to follow from the assigned readings.

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By Rohit P

Jun 6, 2020

very useful and well elaborated core for the individual who are interested in terrorism studies.

By ivan m

Feb 16, 2019

Great and interesting course for learn more about terrorism, his history and the situation today

By Patrick T

Sep 7, 2015

A great overview and introduction to the theory and practice of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

By Göktürk D

Dec 11, 2022

Very intensive and comprehensive course about terrorism. You can also deep dive with footnotes.

By Joshua A

Oct 4, 2021

course was thoroughly exciting and was a pleasant learning experience.....

By Henk K

May 25, 2020

A really well organised training which I really enjoyed! A big compliment for all contributors!

By Cassio F r

Feb 23, 2018

A very interesting course for anybody who wants to understand the reasons of terrorism nowadays

By Cathy G

Jan 1, 2016

This will answer many questions you have about what is going on these days regarding terrorism.

By Abhay C

Jun 28, 2021

Great course! Professor Bakker's delivery is exceptional and the guest lectures are wonderful.


Nov 20, 2017

Excellent course, well presented somewhat challenging which is exactly what I was looking for.

By Carey J

Aug 31, 2017

Thought provoking and interesting course which was presented exceptionally well. Worth taking

By Christoph J

May 5, 2016

Edwin Bakker did a great course. If you are interested in (Counter-)Terrorism Studies, enroll.


Sep 2, 2015

Thank you! Prof. & TA's .. Awesome Course to give good Foundation to Understand the Concepts.

By Bonny O O

Jun 2, 2020

Great course and the videos and materials were very helpful and will continue to be helpful.

By Nolen J

May 15, 2017

Excellent course, especially for an introduction to scholarly research sources on the topic.

By Sridhar C

Oct 11, 2016

An excellent course on terrorism and counter terrorism. would like to recommend to friends.

By J J

Jan 13, 2022

excelente curso, deberian hacer mas de este tipo, de inteligencia y contrainteligencia etc

By A. I

Aug 27, 2021

Great course! Helps to understand the problems of terrorism and counter terrorism better.

By Bas A B

Sep 13, 2019

Very helpfull course. Give you a good base on the world of terrorism and counterterrorism.

By Georgios V

Aug 21, 2018

Overall a complete course on terrorism and counterterrorism, well organized and presented.

By Sohyeon P

Aug 9, 2017

It helps me a lot to understand why terrorism happens and how to deal with these problems.

By Kaixiang R

May 15, 2017

Build up a comprehensive and rational understanding about terrorism and counter-terrorism.

By Guy G

Feb 18, 2017

Love the class. Very informative. I just wish there were easier ways to prevent terrorism.


Mar 28, 2022

I need you to give me an appreciation free certificate for the participant in this course

By Warisa R

Jan 7, 2021

Challenging but worth it! Very informative, I would love to go to Leiden for my Master's.