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Beginner Level

Approx. 22 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
25 minutes to complete

Introduction

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3 readings
3 readings
START HERE5m
Syllabus5m
Copy of Syllabus5m
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
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Top reviews from Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat

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

About University of Maryland, College Park

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