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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 Josefine W

Feb 14, 2020

I really enjoyed this course! The structure was great, each element explained very well.


Oct 11, 2015

Es muy interesante, con bibliografía de alta calidad.

La calidad del curso es muy buena.

By Ксения К

Sep 16, 2019

One of the most interesting courses! Very good scientific approach and useful lectures!

By Erik W

Jan 25, 2021

Very concise yet full of info.

Well to do.

Assessments may have been a little too easy.

By Odoch P A

Sep 24, 2020

I Loved the experience, the lectures and everybody on the course were great thanks...

By Yann E

Aug 11, 2016

A course that challenges your vision about terrorism and the approaches to counter it

By Yannick G

Mar 16, 2016

Interesting, well thought, broad and deep, a must for anyone interested in the topic.

By Naveeda S

Nov 11, 2015

This course is very assertive, imparting a great amount of knowledge and very useful.

By Guy W

May 3, 2022

It was an excellent introduction to the theories of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

By Haryanto " W

Jul 9, 2018

Eye - opening course in the field of terrorism, separating the facts from the myths.

By suresh S

Jan 11, 2023

Its a great course with in-depth-knowledge that I learned and able to adapt in work

By Martin R

Jan 6, 2022

a very good and interesting courser, for anyone who wants to learn, i recommend it.

By Harjot S

Aug 29, 2021

An amazing course that gave me a completely new outlook towards this area of study.

By Nur B

Apr 4, 2020

I enjoyed listening to professor Bakker. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

By Davoine

Nov 5, 2019

one of the best, if not "the", MOOC on this topic. A must do for all practitioners

By Rubí C

Jul 18, 2017

Muy bien explicado, facil de entender. Excelente curso para entender el terrorismo!

By Arjan M

Nov 2, 2015

Very interesting, good videos and reading material. Loved learning about terrorism.

By John E C P

Sep 7, 2015

This Course made me lear about a very interesing topic.

I feel satisfied and happy!

By maguin

Apr 3, 2017

cours très complet est très intéressant parfaitement adapté aux étudiants français

By Bruno G F

Oct 21, 2021

Gostei muito deste curso, bem explicado e com capítulos interessantes. Recomendo.

By Diana K

Dec 27, 2018

I got a lot new information that's very useful for me. Thank you for this course!

By ann d

Jun 29, 2017

excellent i am now better informed and feel able toaplly my learning to practice.

By Catalina R L

Aug 14, 2015

Very nice Course, complete information and easy explanation for all the concepts.

By David C

Aug 27, 2023

A terrific course full of important information and insights. Thought provoking!

By Scott O

Apr 28, 2020

It was very good class. I ordered several of the books including Dr. Bakker's.