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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 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 Aaron F A C

Dec 17, 2020

Un muy buen curso, 100% recomendable.

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!

By Gaurav S

Apr 21, 2020

Excellent Course. Very Knowledgeable

By Bogaerts G

Oct 10, 2017

oncise, to the point and up to date.

By Renato F d R

Jul 1, 2017

Very interesting. Excelent teachers.

By Lee E

Oct 9, 2016

A good overview on Terrorism issue.

By Laura E F

Jan 3, 2016

Great contents and better professor

By Darien S

Aug 25, 2015

Very informative. Great Instructor.

By Yoyo K

Nov 20, 2015

An excellent course for beginners.

By Rinaldo B

May 3, 2020

Very interesting and easy to take

By John C

Jan 15, 2020

Very interesting and informative.

By Ivan P

Oct 28, 2017

Great course! You'll learn a lot!

By Bryan A

Nov 17, 2015

Muy bueno, completo e interesante

By Margarito Z

Jul 18, 2019

Excelente curso. Muchas gracias!

By Thorsten K

Jun 18, 2016

Very dense yet exciting content.


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By Bart S

Jan 12, 2016

excellent course! learned a LOT

By Amr A W

Oct 17, 2015

Absolutely brilliant course. :)