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Two Courses on Terrorism – one Free, the other for a Fee

I. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. For more information, see: https://www.coursera.org/course/terrorism .

II. Summer Programme: Countering Terrorism in the Post-9/11 World

Summer Course, 26 – 30 August 2013, The Hague, organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut - Centre for International & European Law and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) – The Hague

Based on successful courses in previous years, for those who prefer an intensive one week on-site course with unique networking opportunities, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and ICCT offer a rich programme of lectures and interactive discussions. Moreover, the programme includes excursions to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and to Eurojust, both based in The Hague. While the course has a strong focus on the legal aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism (CT), it also includes discussion on issues like radicalisation to, and prevention of, terrorism and the role of international and non-governmental actors in CT. The course is aimed at professionals who want to expand their knowledge in this domain, as well as advanced graduate students who wish to pursue a career in CT. It will provide an environment for dialogue and interaction with some of the leading experts in the field, including eminent CT- practitioners and seasoned academics such as (amongst others):

Prof. Dr. Richard English, University of St Andrews

Ms. Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Advisor, Amnesty International

Dr. Alex Schmid, ICCT – The Hague

Mr. Maajid Nawaz, Co-Founder and Chairman Quilliam Foundation

Prof. Dr. Edwin Bakker, Leiden University / ICCT – The Hague

Mr. Richard Barrett, former coordinator UN Al-Qaida / Taliban Monitoring Team

The course is fee-based. For more information and to see the full programme visit: www.asser.nl/summerprogrammes or www.icct.nl/activities/upcoming-events

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Perspectives on Terrorism is  a journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative and the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

ISSN  2334-3745 (Online)

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