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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 23, 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 21, 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 Nikolaos P

Jan 07, 2016

Very interesting course!


Aug 24, 2017

very clear,great course

By Richard K

Apr 05, 2017

Interesting compilation

By Amherd D

Aug 22, 2015

Very interesting course

By Muallim Y

Feb 26, 2019

Very Excellent course.

By Arbora A

Sep 28, 2017

More than interesting!

By Valeria B

Jun 18, 2017

Thank you Prof Bakker!

By Hantiyeh T

Sep 07, 2019

Holistic and relevant

By Claude M

Mar 28, 2019

Loved it learnt a lot

By Annabelle M

Apr 13, 2018

Very useful course !

By Alejandra M R

May 08, 2020

Excellent course!!!

By Khalil u R K

Sep 13, 2018

Great understanding


Aug 18, 2019

Exceptionally good

By Benjamin B D

Nov 15, 2018


By Chew S Y

Oct 25, 2017

Easy to understand

By adafafsdfcA a e

Aug 13, 2016

Interesting course

By jose m

Sep 07, 2015

Excelente material

By Pieter D C

Dec 19, 2019

Excellent course!


Nov 25, 2019

Excellent course.

By David W

Sep 03, 2017

Fantastic course.

By Alice H S

Feb 27, 2017

Excellent course!

By Milton D N

Jan 08, 2017

Excellent course!

By Arturo C

Nov 08, 2016

Awesome material!

By matt f

Oct 11, 2016

excellent course!

By Edgar R M R

Feb 11, 2016

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