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Suggested: 30 hours of videos, quizzes, and projects...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Ukrainian, French

Skills you will gain

TerrorismPolicy AnalysisInternational LawHistory
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Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 30 hours of videos, quizzes, and projects...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Ukrainian, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

Welcome & the essence of terrorism

In this module, you can find all the information you need in order to be able to successfully complete the course. After you have familiarised yourself with the course, we move to the content of week 1. You will learn about the definition of terrorism. What exactly is terrorism? Who and where are its victims? After completing this module, you will understand why it is so difficult to arrive at a generally accepted definition of this term....
Reading
8 videos (Total 78 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
1.1 Introduction5m
1.2 History of Terrorism16m
1.3 Use of the Word Terrorism5m
1.4 Why There Are No Generally Accepted Definitions11m
1.5 Need For a Definition: Some Attempts12m
1.6 Essence of Terrorism7m
Interview with Prof. Alex Schmid about Defining Terrorism8m
Reading7 readings
Meet the team & Leiden University10m
Complete our short survey10m
Course Overview5m
Course Format5m
What do we expect from you10m
Don't forget to check out the extra material!10m
Readingss
Quiz1 practice exercise
Definition and Essence of Terrorism30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Researching Terrorism and Counterterrorism

In this module, you will learn more about terrorism and counterterrorism studies. It is a relatively new field of study that owes much to research in related disciplines. You will get an overview of where the key centres and scholars are located. Also, you will understand the three main approaches that are used in this academic field and recognize their strengths and weaknesses....
Reading
6 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.2 Disciplines & Approaches7m
2.3 Key Authors & Centres11m
2.4 Challenges & Dilemmas8m
2.5 Current State of the Art7m
Interview with Akinola Olojo about the Lack of Non-Western Researchers in Terrorism Studies5m
Reading2 readings
Readingss
Key Authors10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Researching Terrorism and Counterterrorism30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

5 Assumptions on Terrorism

The subject of terrorism often falls prey to unfounded assumptions. Media, politicians, but also scholars frequently make far-reaching claims about this topic, such as the notion that terrorism is caused by poverty. In this module, we will critically investigate some of these assumptions to see if they are indeed true, partly true, false or perhaps even a myth (a widely held belief that is nevertheless still false). ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 66 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
3.2 Assumption: Terrorists are crazy10m
3.3 Assumption: Terrorism is increasingly lethal13m
3.4 Assumption: Terrorism is predominantly anti-western9m
3.5 Assumption: Terrorism is successful17m
Reading1 reading
Readingss
Quiz1 practice exercise
5 Assumptions on Terrorism30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

5 Assumptions on Counterterrorism

In this module, we will continue the work of module 3 and look into five assumptions on counterterrorism. It is highly relevant to keep investigating assumptions that underlie CT-policy, both from an effectiveness perspective (is it really countering terrorism?) but also because these policies often have a large impact on societies and might also have unintended consequences. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 94 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
4.2 Assumption: Deradicalisation is possible12m
4.3 Assumption: Decapitation of terrorist organisations works16m
4.4 Assumption: Terrorism cannot be defeated17m
4.5 Assumption: Terrorism can best be managed by a holistic approach17m
Interview with Dr. Jamie Shea (NATO)8m
Video presentation of Quirine Eijkman of Amnesty International on Drone Strikes in Pakistan3m
Reading1 reading
Readings50m
Quiz1 practice exercise
5 Assumptions on Counterterrorism30m
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Top Reviews

By LZMay 23rd 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.

By MZSep 21st 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.

Instructors

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Edwin Bakker

Prof. dr.
Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University
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Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn

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Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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