This course is designed for the minor Global Affairs. It is not possible to follow single courses of this minor. You need to be enrolled in Usis for the minor to be accepted to this course. There are 120 places open for registration, on a first come first serve basis, where LDE students are given priority.
This course is not open for inbound exchange students
Students who have already completed the Coursera MOOC “Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice” are still obliged to attend the lectures and complete all the class assignments to pass this regular course.
Terrorism has arguably been one of the defining factors of our age. It frequently makes headlines, threatening or attacking governments, private businesses and ordinary citizens. In many parts of the world, it has even been one of the most prominent threats to peace, security and stability. But what exactly is terrorism, how can we study it, and how can we limit the impact of it on society? This and more will be discussed in this course.
- Definition of terrorism
- Doing research on (counter)terrorism
- Five assumptions on terrorism
- Five assumptions on counterterrorism
- Dealing with terrorism
- Foreign fighters
This course is taught fully online due to the COVID-19 situation.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Explain the notion of terrorism as an instrument to achieve certain political and ideological goals
Interpret terrorism definitions and argue whether or not certain act(or)s align with these definitions
Analyse (counter)terrorism phenomena, events, and policies based on the appropriate theoretical models and insights
Judge the relevancy and effectiveness of counterterrorism policies and strategies
Evaluate counterterrorism policies and formulate recommendations for improvements
Schedule 2020 to be announced.
The timetable will be displayed with a link on the website, blackboard and on the front page of this minor programme.
Mode of instruction
This course will employ a flipped classroom methodology, which entails students reviewing the literature and studying a series of video lectures at home as preparation for the classes. Each of these videos will focus on a specific core question within terrorism studies. Furthermore, the in-class sessions will consist of class discussions and guest lectures.
Weekly video lectures on Coursera
Opening lecture in week 1
Two workshops in smaller groups in week 3 and week 5
Final symposium in week 7
Paper feedback sessions (attendance is optional)
The total study load for this course is 140 hours, consisting of:
18 hours lectures and seminars
7 hours videos
115 hours studying – work on assignments
Midterm assignment (individual)
25% of total grade
No resit possible
25% of the grade
No resit possible
Take home exam
50% of total grade
Resit will take the same form
Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course
Participation requirements: Students need to write at least 1 post (>100 words) on the Brightspace Discussion Forum each week (you can miss one week, so 6 out of 7 weeks) + 1 post in the designated threads for the midterm (1x) and the group assignments (1x). In addition, we ask you to send in a question on Brightspace for the Final Panel discussion.
If you do not fulfil these participation requirements, you need to hand in an extra essay of 1500 words (to be found on Brightspace) before we will release the grade of your take home exam.
Late hand in penalty: 0,5 minus per day, and after seven days we do not accept papers any longer.
Edwin Bakker, Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice (Leiden University Press, 2015)
Additional articles on current affairs relating to terrorism & counterterrorism: t.b.d.
Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course, after registration for the entire minor.
Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. Important information about the course is posted here.
After enrolment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.
This course is part of the minor SSJ and Global Affairs; lectures are combined.
All sessions and workshops will be in English.
Midterm assignments need to be written in English.
Lectures take place online