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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....
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Sous-titres : English, Spanish, Ukrainian, French

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TerrorismPolicy AnalysisInternational LawHistory
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Sous-titres : English, Spanish, Ukrainian, French

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7 heures pour terminer

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 vidéos (Total 78 min), 7 lectures, 2 quiz
Video8 vidéos
1.1 Introduction5 min
1.2 History of Terrorism16 min
1.3 Use of the Word Terrorism5 min
1.4 Why There Are No Generally Accepted Definitions11 min
1.5 Need For a Definition: Some Attempts12 min
1.6 Essence of Terrorism7 min
Interview with Prof. Alex Schmid about Defining Terrorism8 min
Reading7 lectures
Meet the team & Leiden University10 min
Complete our short survey10 min
Course Overview5 min
Course Format5 min
What do we expect from you10 min
Don't forget to check out the extra material!10 min
Readings min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Definition and Essence of Terrorism30 min

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3 heures pour terminer

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 vidéos (Total 53 min), 2 lectures, 1 quiz
Video6 vidéos
2.2 Disciplines & Approaches7 min
2.3 Key Authors & Centres11 min
2.4 Challenges & Dilemmas8 min
2.5 Current State of the Art7 min
Interview with Akinola Olojo about the Lack of Non-Western Researchers in Terrorism Studies5 min
Reading2 lectures
Readings min
Key Authors10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Researching Terrorism and Counterterrorism30 min

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3 heures pour terminer

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 vidéos (Total 66 min), 1 lecture, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
3.2 Assumption: Terrorists are crazy10 min
3.3 Assumption: Terrorism is increasingly lethal13 min
3.4 Assumption: Terrorism is predominantly anti-western9 min
3.5 Assumption: Terrorism is successful17 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
5 Assumptions on Terrorism30 min

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5 heures pour terminer

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 vidéos (Total 94 min), 1 lecture, 2 quiz
Video7 vidéos
4.2 Assumption: Deradicalisation is possible12 min
4.3 Assumption: Decapitation of terrorist organisations works16 min
4.4 Assumption: Terrorism cannot be defeated17 min
4.5 Assumption: Terrorism can best be managed by a holistic approach17 min
Interview with Dr. Jamie Shea (NATO)8 min
Video presentation of Quirine Eijkman of Amnesty International on Drone Strikes in Pakistan3 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings50 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
5 Assumptions on Counterterrorism30 min
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par 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.

par 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.

Enseignants

Edwin Bakker

Prof. dr.
Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn

drs.
Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

À propos de 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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