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Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice
A free online course by Leiden University
Coursera is a new partnership of some of the world’s leading universities, offering free online courses on a wide range of subjects to anyone without formal entrance exam requirements. In September 2013 the Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism (CTC) of Leiden University will offer a five-week course on terrorism. This free-of-charge course, offered by CTC’s Director Prof. Edwin Bakker, consists of three parts:
Part I: First it explores the phenomenon of terrorism, including the reasons why it has been so hard to define. Part I also focuses on terrorism as an instrument meant to achieve certain political goals.
Part II provides an overview of the state of research in terrorism and counter-terrorism studies. Since ‘9/11’ terrorism studies have grown exponentially, reflecting the rise in perceived threats. Yet what new insights has academia come up with? What theories, beyond popular assumptions and conventional wisdoms, has social and political science produced that can be of help in understanding and controlling terrorism? Here the emphasis is on examining and comparing findings based on empirical evidence with the aim to debunk myths and establish what the state of the art is.
Part III focuses on the implications of academic and think tank research for policy making.
Each of the five 'weekly' sessions includes one hour long video lecture, a number of video-based quizzes as well as work with questionnaires. There will also be a weekly quiz- and discussion round plus an on-line forum.
"- the notion of terrorism as an instrument to achieve certain goals
- the difficulties and importance of definitions of terrorism
- the state of the art of terrorism studies
- theoretical notions and practical examples that help you to better understand and critique approaches to counter terrorism.
- theoretical notions and practical examples that will help you to better understand the essence of terrorism".
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