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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

May 22, 2016

This excellent, balanced course uses a great combination of concise videos and additional reading. I enrolled hoping to better understand this hot-topic and Prof. Bakker's course was perfect.

Sep 20, 2017

Useful and well done. This course is an example how to boost resilience in our society with knowledge. At the end of the day is a brick of our holistic counter terrorism actions. Thank you.

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By Brent A

Aug 11, 2015

Great course, very interesting, I recommend it.

By Anna M

Apr 11, 2018

Excellent course and highly recommended to all!

By Pedro A B R

Jul 9, 2016

Excelente curso! Muy buen enfoque y contenido!

By Deleted A

Jan 31, 2016

Excellent, insightful thought provoking course

By Ismail G

Feb 18, 2018

A good course for specialiste and reseachers.

By Rodolfo S d G d C e S

Mar 19, 2017

Very usefull concepts and practice knowledge.

By David I

Jan 2, 2017

Excelente curso aplicable al contexto actual!

By Osumah J

May 19, 2020

it was a wonderful experience. Thank you all

By Cyril R P

Jul 27, 2019

Beautiful course. Really enjoyed it. Useful.

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By Nev D

Apr 23, 2017

I am thoroughly enjoying the course so far.

By thiago a c

Sep 6, 2017

Excellent to know this for risk management

By cedric s

Nov 12, 2016

Great course. Great teacher. Great modules

By Ben W

Sep 25, 2017

Very good course with lots of engagement


Aug 18, 2020

Highly beneficial and educating course.


Sep 9, 2017

good course that acted as an eye opener

By Raul R M

May 31, 2017

I´d really prefer videos than readings.

By Chi L

Oct 20, 2016

Highly informative and engaging course!

By 陈雨晴

Aug 28, 2020

Accidentally selected the wrong course


Jun 15, 2020

Very good teacher and Theme discussion

By Antoine C

Sep 7, 2019

Very interesting course I recommend it

By Glenroy P

Jul 25, 2019

A challenging but learning experience.

By Mahomed N U B

Aug 7, 2017

Very good course and really practical

By Edson A M

Feb 15, 2017

Best course you can have in the teme!

By Martha S

Nov 11, 2015

Great course. I really learned a lot!