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English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction

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4 readings
4 readings
START HERE5m
Syllabus5m
Copy of Syllabus5m
Participate in Course Surveys5m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Module 1: How Do We Study Terrorism?

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13 videos (Total 137 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
13 videos
1.A: Kate Izsak (University of Maryland), "Introduction"5m
1.B: Gary LaFree (University of Maryland), "Nine Myths About Terrorism Part 1"11m
1.C: Gary LaFree (University of Maryland), "Nine Myths About Terrorism Part 2"14m
1.D: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Challenges of Studying Terrorism"5m
1.E: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Defining Terrorism & Key Concepts for this Course"19m
1.F: Gary LaFree (University of Maryland), “Geographic Trends in the GTD Part 1”12m
1.G: Gary LaFree (University of Maryland), “Geographic Trends in the GTD Part 2”15m
NATO Guest Lecture: We asked Juliette: Have definitional issues surrounding terrorism ever affected NATO? If so, how?3m
Institution for Economics Guest Lecture: We asked Daniel: What is the Global Terrorism Index and how did the GTD inform it?11m
U.S. Department of State Guest Lecture: We asked Jason: How does the US State Department designate foreign terrorist organizations? How do definitional issues surrounding terrorism affect this process?5m
GTD Demo Video6m
Global Terrorism Index11m
9 readings
Module 1 Introduction Reading: START HERE5m
Discussion Forum Activity Explanation- READ BEFORE YOU BEGIN5m
The Global Terrorism Database
The Global Terrorism Index Main Page & 2014 Report
"Discussion Point: Terrorism Studies is Not a Sub-Discipline"
"Discussion Point: Black Swans and Burstiness- Countering Myths about Terrorism"
START Provides 2013 State Department Statistical Annex
GTD Codebook: Inclusion Criteria and Variables
2009 and 2011 START Research Reviews
1 practice exercise
Module 1: Introductory Quiz15m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Module 2: Individual Radicalization

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8 videos (Total 82 min), 12 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
2.B: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Introduction to Radicalization"11m
2.C: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Ideology"12m
2.D: Gary Lafree (University of Maryland), "PIRUS"23m
2.E: Arie Kruglanski (University of Maryland), "Radicalization and the Quest for Significance"18m
NATO Guest Lecture: We asked Juliette: Individual radicalization is a key issue to understand when collaborating closely with foreign nationals and soldiers working in highly stressful and highly politicized environments. How does NATO deal with issues such as the insider threat?4m
Department of Homeland Security Guest Lecture: We asked Susan: How can government agencies use research on radicalization, such as research done at START, to inform efforts to counter violent extremism?2m
Life After Hate Guest Lecture: Angela King explains the work of Life After Hate. We asked Angela: How can community organizations use research on radicalization, such as the research done at START, to inform efforts to counter violent extremism?1m
12 readings
Module 2 Introduction Reading: START HERE5m
"Pathways Towards Radicalization"
"Two Pyramid Model of Radicalization"
"Sources of Terror"
"Support for the Caliphate & Radical Mobilization"
"An Experimental Investigation of the Choice of Terror and Support for Taking Action"
"Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States: An Empirical Assessment of Domestic Radicalization"
"Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States: Preliminary Findings"
"Characteristics of Violent Lone-Offenders: A Comparison of Assassins and School Attackers"
"Community-Level Indicators of Radicalization: A Data and Methods Task Force"
"Assessing the Effectiveness of Current De-Radicalization Initiatives and Identifying Implications for the Development of the U.S.-Based Initiatives in Multiple Settings"
"Understanding Lone-actor Terrorism: A Comparative Analysis with Violent Hate Crimes and Group-based Terrorism"
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Individual Radicalization Quiz20m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Terrorist Group Dynamics

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9 videos (Total 122 min), 12 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
3.B: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Rational Actor Theory"10m
3.C: Gary Lafree (University of Maryland), "Group Trends in the GTD"23m
3.D: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Organizational Capacity and Security of Terrorist Organizations"11m
3.E: Gina Ligon (University of Nebraska, Omaha), "Leadership Characteristics of Terrorist Organizations"17m
3.F: Victor Asal (SUNY), "Big, Allied and Dangerous: A Look at Terrorist Group Lethality"10m
3.G: Amy Pate (University of Maryland), "Ethnopolitical Organizations in MENA and the Use of Violence"10m
3.H: Jonathan Wilkenfeld (University of Maryland), "Myth and Reality in International Politics"18m
Institute for Economics and Peace Guest Lecture: We asked Murray: How does IEP use GTD data to frame Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs as an element of peacebuilding?4m
12 readings
Module 3 Introduction Reading: START HERE5m
Discussion Activity: Discussion Forum Explanation: READ BEFORE YOU BEGIN5m
"The Organization and Leadership of Violence"
"BADD Project Factsheet"
"Analysis of Factors Related to Hate Crime and Terrorism"
"Understanding Lone-Actor Terrorism: a Comparative Analysis with Violent Hate Crimes and Group-Based Hate Terrorism"
"The Social Determinants of Terrorist Organizations' Resilience in Latin America"
"How Community Ties Influence Terrorist Targeting of Civilians"
"The Use of Violence by Ethnopolitical Groups in the Middle East"
"Database Spotlight: Minorities at Risk Organizational Behavior (MAROB)"
"The Use of Violence by Ethnopolitical Organizations"
"Survival of the Fittest: Why Terrorist Groups Endure"
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz: Group Dynamics15m
Week
5
3 hours to complete

Module 4: Terrorist Operations

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14 videos (Total 148 min), 21 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
4.B: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "What is Strategic Logic that Animates Terrorist Organizations?"17m
4.C: Peter Krause (Boston College & MIT),"Effectiveness of Terrorist Operations"16m
4.D: Gary Lafree (University of Maryland), "Weapon Trends in the GTD"16m
4.E: Gary Lafree (University of Maryland), "Target Trends in the GTD"20m
4.F: Gary Lafree (University of Maryland), "Tactic Trends in the GTD"16m
4.G: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Enabling the Next Attack: Logistics and Propaganda"10m
4.H: Tony Lemieux (Georgia State University, "Terrorism and the Media Part 1"15m
4.I: Tony Lemieux (Georgia State University), "Terrorism and the Media Part 2"3m
NATO Guest Lecture Part 1: We asked Juliette: We discussed the strategies of terrorist organizations. Does NATO have a formal counterterrorism strategy? How does NATO formulate strategy in a given operating environment?2m
NATO Guest Lecture Part 2: We asked Juliette: Does NATO engage with the intelligence communities of its member nations in order to address enabling behaviors, such as terrorist financing?1m
NATO Guest Lecture Part 3: We asked Juliette: How do information operations / public affairs offices figure into NATO’s operations? How does NATO manage its media relations?2m
Department of Homeland Security Guest Lecture: We asked Susan: What are some promising ways that US government agencies can work with community partners to counter violent extremists' use of some of these strategies?2m
ICONS Guest Lecture: We asked Devin: How can simulations, war gaming, and red teaming help policy makers and analysts plan and prepare for contingencies involving extremist organizations and terrorist activities?4m
21 readings
Module 4 Introduction Reading: START HERE5m
"Terrorist Attacks on Educational Institutions"
"Boko Haram Recent Attacks"
"Al-Shabaab Attack on Westgate Mall in Kenya"
"August 2013 Security Threat for Americans Abroad"
"An Overview of Bombing and Arson Attacks by Environmental and Animal Rights Extremists in the US, 1995-2010"
"Bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon"
"Ricin Letters Mailed to President and Senator"
"Terrorism and the Olympics"
"Background Report: Suicide Attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan"
"Developing an Empirical Understanding of Improvised Explosive Devices: A Social and Behavioral Science Perspective"
"How Community Ties Influence Terrorist Targeting of Civilian"
"Muslim Public Opinion on US Policy, Attacks on Civilians, and al Qaeda"
"From Extremist to Terrorist: Identifying the Characteristics of Communities where Perpetrators Live and Pre-Incident Activity Occurs Prior to Attacks"
"Financial Crime and Political Extremism in the U.S."
"Anatomizing Chemical and Biological Non-State Adversaries"
"Are U.S. Chemical Facilities Still Open to Terrorist Attack?"
"Violent Jihadism in Real Time: Al-Shabaab's Use of Twitter"
"Transcending Organization Individuals and the Islamic State"
"The Music of Terrorism: Do Songs and Videos Play an Important Role in Recruiting and Radicalization?"
"You Want World Peace? Look to Heavy Metal"
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz: Terrorist Opeations15m
Week
6
3 hours to complete

Module 5: Al-Qa'ida Case Study

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10 videos (Total 98 min), 16 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
5.B: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Al-Qa'ida Case Study, Introduction"3m
5.C: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Al-Qa'ida Case Study, The Evolution of Global Jihad and al-Qa'ida"14m
5.D: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Al-Qa'ida Case Study, Grand Historical Narrative"8m
5.E: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Al-Qa'ida Case Study, Theological Context"8m
5.F: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Al-Qa'ida Case Study, Political Lens"11m
5.G: Bill Braniff (University of Maryland), "Al-Qa'ida Case Study, Virtual Architecture"9m
5.H: Gary LaFree (University of Maryland), "Terrorism in 2014"20m
Combating Terrorism Center Guest Lecture: We asked Daniel: How has the increase in available, web-based data influenced how the CTC approaches researching groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State?5m
The Global Engagement Center Guest Lecture: We asked Tim: What challenges do you see in containing and countering the messages of violent extremists? How does the Global Engagement Center plan to engage and address messages of violent extremism abroad?3m
16 readings
Module 5 Introduction Reading: START HERE5m
Participate in Course Surveys5m
"Country Reports on Terrorism 2013: Annex of Statistical Information"
"Discussion Point: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Methodological Advancements in Data Collection and Coding: Insights from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD)"
"The Global Terrorism Database: Accomplishments and Challenges. Perspectives on Terrorism"
"Public Opinion in the Islamic World on Terrorism, al Qaeda, and US Policies"
"The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Branding, Leadership Culture and Lethal Attraction"
"A Tale of Two Caliphates"
"Transcending Organization: Individuals and 'The Islamic State'"
"START executive director testifies before Congress on the state of al-Qaida"
"Al - Qa'ida - Related Terrorism: Violent Incidents and Foiled Plots"
"The Prospective Military Power of Al Qaeda Affiliated Groups in the Syrian Conflict"
"Beyond al-Qa’ida”
"Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Anway al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan"
"As American as Apple Pie: How Anwar al-Awlaki Became the Face of Western Jihad"
Link to Training Video: Core Capabilities and the Potential Durability of the Isamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
1 practice exercise
Module 5 Quiz: Al-Qa'ida Case Study15m
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By JCOct 9th 2018

very dynamic, focused on factual accuracy versus popularized propaganda. the psychological models and structural organization are applicable and invaluable in many areas. well worth the time.

By DBNov 15th 2018

Really enjoyed the course, signed up thinking I would learn much because I had studied terrorism before. I was wrong, they had some great analysis using the database the school founded.

Instructors

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Dr. Gary LaFree

Director
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
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Bill Braniff

Executive Director
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
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Kate Izsak

Education Director
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Reponses to Terrorism

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