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 80 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
- Trends and developments in (counter)terrorism and a future research agenda
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 2022 to be announced.
The timetable will be displayed with a link on the website, 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)
30% of total grade
Resit not possible
Compensation is possible
Written exam (individual)
70% 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 send in a question on Brightspace for the Final Panel discussion.
Late hand in penalty: 0,5 minus per day, and after seven days we do not accept papers any longer.
Edwin Bakker and Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies: Comparing Theory & Practice (Leiden University Press, 2022)
Additional articles on current affairs relating to terrorism & counterterrorism: t.b.d.
Registration via MyStudymap or uSis is possible from August 1st 13.00 h, after registration for the entire minor.
Register for every course and workgroup via MyStudymap or uSis. Some courses and workgroups of the minor have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts).
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.
Resits will be organized in January